Priority to coal over rail – results for passenger trains
A train loaded with coal at the Deutsche Bahn marshalling yard in Leipzig.
Photo: Peter Andig/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa
Without coal-fired power plants, Germany would probably not get through the winter. Energy transport by rail has priority over passenger trains.
Berlin. In an energy crisis, energy transport should temporarily take precedence over rail – this can also have an impact on passenger transport.
Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) said after a cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday that priority should be given if additional transports in the energy sector were required at short notice. “When in doubt, this can also mean that passenger trains have to wait.” But there should be as few disruptions as possible.
Coal is primarily transported
The priority for energy transport, for example the supply of coal-fired power plants, is laid down in a statutory ordinance. It is designed to ensure the operation of power plants, refineries and power grids. In view of the severe curtailment of the Russian gas supply, more and more coal-fired power plants have to be brought back online from reserves for the electricity supply.
Vissing said the regulation creates the conditions for being able to act quickly in an emergency. “It is clear that there is an interest in a stable energy supply. Even passenger trains can only run if our power grid and our power supply are stable. In this respect, this regulation is in all of our interests.”
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