German public transporter Veolia Verkehr will withdraw its InterConnex trains, between Leipzig, Berlin and Rostock / Warnemünde from December.
Veolia has been running the first private long-distance train in the country for the past 12 years. The last service of the InterConnex train will run on 13 December.
Declining passenger numbers, rising infrastructure fees to be paid to Deutsche Bahn (DB) and stiff competition from long-distance buses have prompted Veolia to withdraw the service.
Veolia Transport CEO Christian Schreyer said that the company cannot compete against parallel long-distance bus lines and has increased fees for the use of the railway infrastructure of DB.
The infrastructure costs to be paid to DB for running InterConnex amount to €1,700.
Germany liberalised long-distance bus market in 2013, resulting in competition between the bus and train services.
A total of 40 buses have started long-distance services by the middle of 2014 with an 8.1% increase in ridership to 1.4 million passengers. International Railway Journal reported that the passenger traffic on inter-city trains reduced by 0.5% to 62 million during the period.
Image: InterConnex trains have been running in Germany’s rail network for the past 12 years. Photo: courtesy of Appaloosa.