German railway halts key Austria, Hungary services until Oct 4

AFP , Tuesday 22 Sep 2015

A security official of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) prevents migrants to disembark from their train at the main railway station in Frankfurt, Germany, September 13, 2015 (Reuters)

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Tuesday it would suspend key services to and from Austria and Hungary until October 4, citing border controls introduced to manage a record migrant influx.

The route from Budapest via Salzburg, Austria to the southern German city of Munich has been taken by tens of thousands of refugees in recent weeks.

Overwhelmed by the record influx, and seeking to register the asylum-seekers as they enter the country, Germany on September 13 temporarily reintroduced border controls.

Deutsche Bahn said in an online message that due to the border controls, "the long-distance routes of Deutsche Bahn will be suspended, initially until October 4, 2015, between Munich-Salzburg (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary)".

All regular passenger services would be cut between Salzburg and Munich, DB said, although passengers could travel via other routes to the Austrian capital Vienna.

Europe's top economy may receive one million people seeking refugee status or political asylum this year, up from the record 800,000 arrivals predicted so far, said Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel this month.

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