Danish trains: Late and over budget

Border controls slow trains and rail operator exceeds budget
ID checks at Denmark’s southern border with Germany, introduced in an effort to control the flow of refugees and migrants, have delayed almost half of all rail passengers on the route.
The controls at the border town of Padborg have were introduced in January. They have hit train commuters so much that rail operator DSB has now been forced to change its schedules.
All passengers must show valid ID when crossing into Denmark and the checks are so time-consuming that the Kolding-Padborg/Sønderborg train is the most delayed route in Denmark. Just 54.8% of passengers have reached their destination on time.
“It was supposed to be random passport control but it turned into police going into all trains. That takes a few minutes each time and we count delays beginning after three minutes. So it doesn’t take much before a train doesn’t leave on time,” DSB spokesman Tony Bispeskov told TV Syd.
Timetables will change on December 11 to include a five-minute stop at Padborg. A direct route from Flensburg in Germany to Aalborg will be dropped and instead the train will stop in Aarhus, 120km to the south.
Meanwhile, the national rail infrastructure company Banedanmark says that a planned change to a new signalling system will be delayed and go over-budget. The new system is intended for Copenhagen’s S-train lines and other lines across the country.
Signal upgrades on nationwide lines will now not be in place before 2023, two years behind schedule. S-train line upgrades will be delayed by one year, to 2021.
The Local / Copenhagen Post

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