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A six-point plan for the reorganisation of national railway holding company Deutsche Bahn AG was approved by the supervisory board on July 27, and options for the part-privatisation of the Arriva international passenger and DB Schenker Logistics freight businesses are to be studied.
‘DB is going to become leaner, faster, more efficient and even more customer focused’, said CEO Rüdiger Grube. ‘Leaner management and structures, and more focus on customers, will enable us to successfully tackle the rapidly changing challenges in the world of mobility and logistics.’
The six points in the programme are:
The changes are expected to bring corporate savings of €100m, which, in conjunction with previously-announced changes, are expected to save more than €700m by 2020.
‘With this realignment, we will make DB fit for the future’, said supervisory board Chairman Utz-Hellmuth Felcht. ‘Increased competition, increasing regulation and rapidly rising costs require such changes.’
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