Berlin (dpa) - For more punctuality, the new ICE4 trains of the Deutsche Bahn should go faster in the future.
"The top speed is increased from currently 249 to 265 kilometers per hour," said board member Berthold Huber in the "Westfalenpost" (Tuesday). The train could then accelerate faster from the station. "That brings additional reserves in the timetable."
The new flagship train is slower than the older ICE, which travels at up to 300 or 320 kilometers per hour. However, because such speeds are only possible in a few places on the network and trains require significantly more energy, the railways opted for less speed in the latest generation.
The federal company expects the number of long-haul passengers to increase from 150 million to 157 million this year, for example because fares have dropped. According to Huber's words, a further discount campaign is planned for March: Tickets from EUR 12.90 should be available on certain routes and at selected times.
The software problems with new double-decker intercities from Bombardier will soon be resolved, according to Huber. The railroad had stopped accepting the 25 trains four weeks ago. "I am confident that we can take the trains from this manufacturer again in the second quarter," said Huber. "In addition, the software will also be updated on the trains that are already running."
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