Berlin (AP) - Deutsche Bahn does not want to accept 25 new Intercity trains from the manufacturer Bombardier due to technical defects.
"On the basis of reliable suggestions, we are now relying on the manufacturer to remedy the defects quickly and are also reviewing all the legal means at our disposal," said a rail statement on Monday evening. The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" had reported. Bombardier was initially unavailable for a statement.
Deutsche Bahn has been supplementing its Intercity fleet with the new double-decker cars since the end of 2015. The current second series of trains is affected by the technical defects.
According to information from the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, railway supervisory board circles said that Bombardier had unequivocally asked for the defects to be remedied quickly. The newspaper also cites internal railway documents that describe, among other things, that the train's operating system regularly breaks down. Train drivers should be on the train one hour before departure to start the system.
«Spiegel» had already reported defects in the second series of the double-decker intercity in February last year. Back then, Deutsche Bahn described the problems as “not serious and anything but unusual when introducing new vehicles.”
The new IC2 trains replace decades-old IC wagons and offer more comfort and seating. They are used, among others, between Dresden and Cologne as well as Singen and Stuttgart. In the long term, Deutsche Bahn plans to use the trains to connect almost all cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants to the long-distance network.
DB information on Intercity 2
DB route network of Intercity 2