22,000 refugees in over 100 trains
DB provides authorities with help in form of special trains and additional staff
Over the past few days, Deutsche Bahn has done as much as possible to ensure that refugees arriving in Germany are transported safely to accommodation facilities located around the country. Upward of 22,000 refugees entered Germany in over 100 trains, and DB brought them to their different destinations.
There are many children among the refugees(DB Picture)
DB’s CEO Rüdiger Grube says, “It goes without saying that DB will do whatever it takes to help these people who are essentially fleeing for their lives. Planners and dispatchers at our operations centres and ICE plants have worked around the clock to assemble more trains and shoehorn them into our schedules. I would like to express my thanks to all DB employees and volunteers at stations throughout Germany. At DB, we know what integration means – our workforce already includes people from over 100 nations around the world.”
DB coordinated travel for refugees aboard scheduled ICE and IC services in addition to scores of specially dispatched trains bound for a host of different towns and cities around Germany, such as Munich, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Braunschweig, Saalfeld and Eisenhüttenstadt. At every destination, hundreds of DB staff, volunteers and public sector employees were on hand to ensure that the refugees’ arrival ran smoothly.
The undertaking has been about more than just efficient transportation. After it was announced that over 20,000 people were expected to arrive in Munich alone on Saturday and Sunday, DB provided a building for the new arrivals and operated a local rail service to connect it with the city’s main station. The company is also liaising with municipal authorities around Germany, encouraging them to provide simple, unbureaucratic support by permitting access to municipally owned land and buildings that can be used to house refugees. DB has assembled a taskforce that is dedicated to fielding the many questions coming from local authorities, town halls and regional governments.
In the midst of this dramatic situation, DB and its partners are planning two pilot projects in southern Germany which will help adult and younger refugees alike integrate with the labour market.
DB is continuing its special train services today and is coordinating with government bodies on what stations are to serve as destinations.