Germany, in energy crisis: coal cargoes will have

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In a desperate attempt to ease as much as possible the energy crisis facing the country, Germany’s rail transport authorities plan to prioritize coal-laden freight over passenger trains on the railways, according to Sunday’s edition of the daily newspaper Die Welt (Welt am Sonntag), quoted by Bloomberg.

Normally, as is the case on rail networks around the world, passenger transport takes priority over freight, and freight train timetables are worked out according to track availability after passenger trains operate.

The decision has not yet been made, but if it does, the risk of creating chaos in German rail transport will be significant.

Germany is facing an unprecedented energy crisis that has fueled inflation and brought the country to the brink of recession.

Russia has sharply reduced its natural gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline amid the war in Ukraine, and hot, dry weather has created huge problems for the transport of solid fuels on Europe’s main rivers, especially the Rhine.

Welt am Sonntag also notes that the project is likely to be adopted quickly, amid growing pressure to speed up the transport of fuels by rail.