DB Regio Supports Abellio in Operating New RRX Services

Germany: The RRX (Rhein-Ruhr Express) is to begin services on line RE 1, between Hamm and Aachen, on 14 June. Until the new timetable in December 2020, Abellio Rail NRW and DB Regio NRW will run the service together.

The reason why this mixed operation is necessary is because Abellio is experiencing staffing shortages. This issue is not Abellio-specific, it’s one that has plagued the entire industry for some time. However, the situation has become even more acute since Abellio interrupted its hiring of new train drivers during the coronavirus pandemic. Even now its hiring activities are restricted. Furthermore, Abellio had to temporarily interrupt training its new drivers. On 20 April Abellio was able to start up its training programme again.
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