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90% of short-distance traffic under the control of DB


Photo: flickrAccording to a study of the consulting company KCW drawn up on behalf of the competitors of the German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB), about 90% of short-distance traffic in Germany is still under the control of DB. If there was a real competition with regard to public orders for short-distance traffic, this would lead to cost savings worth EUR 1bn (USD 1.36bn) annually. As far as long-distance traffic (ICE and IC) is concerned, DB even controls more than 99% of the market. DB's market share in the area of freight traffic amounts to only 79%. However, DB is allegedly also in this area taking advantage of its control over the network and tears down switches and passing tracks in order to reduce the capacity of the network for competition, Logistics Finland reports.

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