German rail angry over delay in delivery of new trains

4th June 2013, Comments 0 comments

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn expressed concern Tuesday that its suppliers will not be able to deliver on time the new trains it has ordered.

"We don't only need to modernise our current fleet, but we also urgently need new trains," the head of Deutsche Bahn's passenger transport division told a news conference here.

He said that one its main suppliers, engineering giant Siemens, has not yet confirmed a new delivery timetable.

Siemens should originally have handed over 16 new ICE high-speed trains in the spring of 2011, but delivery has been repeatedly postponed.

"Our concern is that we'll have to get through the winter of 2013-2014 without any new trains," Homburg said.

Deutsche Bahn refused to say how much compensation it would claim from suppliers if the trains were still not delivered by then.

The group said it is also experiencing delays of "at least nine months" in delivery of long-distance trains from another supplier, Bombardier.

© 2013 AFP

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