Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn has taken nearly 25 per cent of its high-speed train fleet out of service following a derailment.
The news comes as a blow for the rail company after the government was forced to postpone plans to partially privatise Deutsche Bahn earlier this month due to the financial crisis.
One management board member said they plan to take a large number of high-speed trains out of service to check their axles, and that will affect many busy routes. A cracked axle was blamed for a low-speed derailment in Cologne earlier this year.
No-one was hurt in that incident, but the stoppages are likely to cause pain for the travelling public over the weekend on four major routes, including the popular Hamburg-Berlin and Frankfurt-Vienna services. It is unclear how long the disruptions will last.