After overhead line damage in Laim, long-distance traffic to and from Munich Central Station has been suspended until further notice. The main S-Bahn route has also been closed between Pasing and Ostbahnhof since Thursday afternoon. Display boards at the train station and S-Bahn stations show cancellations of almost all trains displayed. An exception to this were the BRB diesel trains to the Bavarian Oberland, which ran normally according to the electronic timetable. Deutsche Bahn writes on its website: “At the moment we recommend that you refrain from traveling to/from Munich.”
There is still a lot of crowds in the station hall, and people line up in a long queue in front of the travel center. The subway, bus and tram stops are also sometimes overcrowded. Some commuters form carpools, taxi drivers offer trips to Nuremberg and demand sums of up to 400 euros.
An excavator accident is said to have been the reason for the disruption
As Deutsche Bahn reports, technicians discovered during an on-site investigation that the entire transverse structure that spans the overhead lines across all tracks was damaged and needed to be repaired. This affects the overhead line for both S-Bahn traffic and local and long-distance trains. According to the current forecast, the repairs will last until at least tomorrow. According to initial findings, an excavator is said to have damaged the overhead line during construction work in the Laim area. However, more details are still unclear.
The DB provides information on its website about the operating situation of the Munich S-Bahn Alternatives for S-Bahn commuters. Deviations to the public transport of the MVG are possible. The train connection has been lifted for all train journeys, including long-distance transport, tickets remain valid and can be used at a later date, Deutsche Bahn announced.
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is also affected by the damage. Baerbock was in Munich to visit the International Motor Show (IAA). The minister arrived by train. Since there are still important appointments in Berlin in the evening, the Green Minister now had to drive back to the capital.