DSB cancels trains for weekend

Passengers making weekend travel plans should check train schedules as DSB is cancelling a long list of trains in the upcoming weeks

DSB has announced a long list of train cancellations for the next two weekends. Among the trains cancelled is the regional train that runs between Kastrup, Copenhagen's Airport, and the northern Zealand town of Nivå.

The cancellations are a result of not being able to recruit sufficient numbers of new staff willing to take on the sometimes difficult and stressful workplace.

Passengers who would otherwise take the regional train between Kastrup and Nivå will have to take the Øresund train that runs between Helsingør and Skåne.

Several trains running between the Zealand towns of Høje Taastrup and Ringsted are also being cancelled this coming weekend.

Maintenance work and hot weather have already caused severe delays and cancelled trains this season.

The latest lack in personnel makes the situation travellers face even more unfortunate, said train crew manager for DSB Rolf Hansen. He hopes that travellers will be patient in the upcoming weeks.

'Some 15 percent more train crew have left the company than we expected. Personnel have been under a lot of stress because of the traffic problems we have been having. At the same time, we are also experiencing low enrolment to our training centres. Only 18 out of 25 spots in our last training programme were filled,' said Hansen.

Hansen said the higher rate of employees quitting their jobs could not have been predicted.

DSB hopes to bring in personnel from Jutland to ease the workload for ticket inspectors in Zealand. DSB has also said it would be stepping up its recruitment for students to the train engineering program which begins in September.

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