Deutsche Bahn expects disruptions in long-distance traffic until late in the afternoon. The company informs on its website about the current impairments. Travelers should inquire there in advance about their connections.
Several ICE connections affected
According to Deutsche Bahn, several ICE lines are affected. On the route Kiel / Lübeck – Hamburg – Hanover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – southern Germany, there are failures between northern Germany and Hanover. The ICE trains Kiel/Hamburg – Hanover – Frankfurt/M – Stuttgart/Switzerland start and end in Hamburg. The ICE trains Hamburg – Berlin – Erfurt – Munich run between Hamburg and Berlin every hour. ICE/IC/EC trains Hamburg – Bremen – Cologne – Southern Germany start/end in Hamburg-Harburg instead of Hamburg-Altona.
And other trains are also affected, for example the EC trains Hamburg – Berlin – Dresden – Prague start/end in Berlin. The IC trains Hamburg – Denmark start/end in Hamburg-Altona. In this case, Deutsche Bahn recommends using the S-Bahn lines S1 and S3 between Altona and the main station and the S3, the S31 or the metronom between the main station and Harburg. Local trains run on line RE70 between Altona and Kiel.
1,000-wire copper cable being repaired
The cable fire was near the Sternschanze train station – on the so-called connecting train, which runs from Altona via Diebsteich, Sternschanze and Dammtor to the main station. It is one of the busiest routes nationwide. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but the police are currently not assuming external influence. The entire communication on this route between the signal boxes runs over the affected cable, the railway said. About the points and the signals would be controlled. According to the railway spokeswoman, the cable is a 1,000-wire copper cable. That would be very difficult to get back. The extensive repair work continues.
Already on Friday many failures
There had already been massive disruptions on Friday. People were queuing in Hamburg’s train stations, and long queues formed in front of the information desks.