Germany's long-haul bus-travel sector is booming. But vehicle manufacturers have so far seen very little of the profits. Now, with buses in short supply, they too are starting to reap the benefits.
A high-speed train running the Berlin-Munich route had some technical problems on its first regular day of service. The €10 billion line is intended to cut travel time between the two cities from six to four hours.
A quarter of a century in the making, the new line cuts the travel time between two of Germany's biggest cities to just four hours. The project was the biggest and most expensive of its kind in Europe.
Germany's highly celebrated new high-speed rail link between Berlin and Munich ran into trouble on its first day. An ICE train was plagued with technical difficulties and delays on the trip back to Bavaria.
Authorities have said it is too early to speculate what caused the collision between a freight train and a passenger train near Düsseldorf. The driver of the train was praised, however, for preventing a worse crash.
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