Staff shortage in Vienna – “emergency intervals” for public transport: the end is not yet in sight!

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Staff shortage in Vienna – “emergency intervals” for public transport: the end is not yet in sight!

The staff shortage at Wiener Linien is far from resolved. Eleven of the 28 tram lines have been running in the holiday timetable since November 3 – to the chagrin of customers. Will the same soon apply to the subways?

A holiday timetable without a holiday means: longer waiting times, overcrowded trains during rush hour and many dissatisfied customers. Since November 3, Wiener Linien has had to “adjust” the intervals on eleven of the 28 tram lines and some bus lines, as the company fondly describes the word thinning out. Reason: lack of staff.

The recruitment campaign
The transport companies are desperate for cockpit crew. Partly because the change of generation apparently came as a surprise to the management. How is the search for employees going, the “Krone” wanted to know from Wiener Linien? Answer: “Large recruitment campaigns have been underway for some time now. A bim school starts every month and an extra school with twelve places is planned for December. The training lasts three months and is paid.”

So will the “emergency intervals” end soon? No, says the company: “Due to a wide variety of factors – increased absenteeism due to flu or a new corona wave – we cannot predict an exact duration.” The fear of many: waiting times in the subways are also getting longer. Wiener Linien: Changes are “currently not planned”.

Source: Krone

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