Disruption as public transport strikes hit Berlin and Bavaria

Trams, the U-Bahn and most buses in Berlin are stopping operation until early Saturday morning, and in some cities in Bavaria until mid-day Friday.

Buses, trams and U-Bahn lines operated by Berlin's public transport company BVG are to remain in the depot for 24 hours starting at 3 am on Friday and stretching until 3 am on Saturday morning.

In Brandenburg, many employees were to stop working from the start of operations until midday Friday.

However, S-Bahns and regional trains and private buses travelling on behalf of BVG in Berlin will operate without restrictions. They mainly serve lines on the outskirts of Berlin and numerous night buses.

On Tuesday, the BVG had slammed the union's industrial action in light of rising coronavirus numbers in the capital, which on Thursday exceeded the critical mark of over 50 per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.

"In view of rising corona numbers, this warning strike...also comes at the completely wrong time and exposes our passengers to an unnecessary health risk," they said.

In Bavaria, Verdi has called on bus drivers in several cities, including the three largest Bavarian cities of Munich, Nuremberg and Augsburg, to take a half-day break. Most bus lines should be running again from noon. U-Bahns, trams and S-Bahns are running normally, although some lines may be more crowded due to the bus strikes.

In Nuremberg, numerous U-Bahn trains and trams are also coming to a stand still.

In addition to the Verdi strike, the civil servants' union (Tarifunion im Beamtenbund) had also called for warning strikes in Bavaria.

Road maintenance workers and building yards in the districts of Starnberg, Ebersberg, Miesbach and Wolfratshausen-Bad Tölz are affected. The actions will last all of Friday.

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