Strike hinders rail traffic in Germany

Two tough days have begun for German rail travelers and commuters. A strike by the train drivers’ union GDL has evidently started and largely paralyzes the passenger transport of Deutsche Bahn. The replacement plan has started, said a rail spokesman on Wednesday morning. “The first effects of the strike are noticeable,” he said.

Although the GDL was not available for information during the night, the passenger trains in many stations stood still on Wednesday morning, the platforms were empty, as photos showed. “Train is canceled” was often seen on the display boards for various travel destinations. The strike is said to have started at 2:00 a.m. The union has been striking the freight traffic since Tuesday evening.