Southern runway seasonal traffic

Schwerin, 13.04.2022 - Punctually at Easter this year, the seasonal service of the Southern Railway starts at weekends, from Parchim via Lübz and Karow to Plau am See (RB19) as well as between Waren, Malchow and Plau (RB15). ODEG offers daily train services in southern Mecklenburg with the RB15 line between Waren (Müritz) and the island town of Malchow. A new feature this year is that the RB15 will be extended from Waren via Malchow to Plau am See.

During the holiday season, the RB15 will continue to serve additional stops (additional stations) in Alt Schwerin, Karow (Meckl) and Plau am See in the recreation region on Saturdays and Sundays at 2-hour intervals during Easter and from Ascension Day until 11 September 2022.

For tourists and travellers from the west, the RB 19 will start this year with almost twice as many trips and for the first time at 2-hour intervals on the route between Parchim, Lübz, Passow (Meckl), Gallin, Karow (Meckl) to Plau am See. In Hagenow Land, there is a connection to the RE1 trains from/to Hamburg. In addition, there will again be suitable connecting trains from/to Schwerin (RB13) in Parchim.

"The Südbahn route is aimed at tourist traffic to the Mecklenburg Lake District. The timetable concept has been better coordinated this year together with the participating bus and railway companies in the district and the citizens' initiative Südbahn, because the 2-hourly interval of the regional trains is supplemented by an hourly bus service of line 77 (VLP-Verkehrsgesellschaft Ludwigslust Parchim) from Plau am See to Malchow. This way, holidaymakers can easily and comfortably discover the most beautiful destinations in the region by train or bus," says State Transport Minister Reinhard Meyer.

In addition, passengers have the option of ordering a call bus at the stations in Parchim, Lübz and Plau (Call bus VLP).

"With the new integrated timetable of train, regular bus and call bus, the transport services on the southern railway are raised to a new level. I am pleased about the cooperation between all modes of transport and especially about the far-reaching ticket recognition between them," says Stefan Lösel, Managing Director of Verkehrsgesellschaft Ludwigslust-Parchim mbH (VLP).

Clemens Russell from the citizens' initiative adds: "Through joint action, it was possible to significantly improve the services on the Southern Railway seasonal service in 2022. However, we regret the missing connection from Berlin via Pritzwalk to Plau this year. Basically, whoever uses the train and bus is the winner of tomorrow's mobility, and not only in seasonal traffic at weekends, but all year round and every day."

More network for the ticket

As last year, the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania successfully lobbied for better fare networking. "It is particularly important that tickets are mutually recognised on the route between Parchim, Plau am See and the island town of Malchow. This way, passengers only need to buy one ticket," says Reinhard Meyer.

With state-wide ticket offers as well as with the "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Ticket" (MV-Ticket), this year it is once again possible to get to the Lake District region from all over Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, but also, for example, from the Hamburg area, by train and with just one ticket. Cycling enthusiasts can also take their bicycles along on trains and buses at low cost with the "Fahrradtageskarte Nahverkehr" (local transport day ticket for bicycles) for only six euros.

This year, the state will take over the responsibility for the task

With the timetable change in December 2021, the state-owned Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH (VMV) has taken over responsibility for the Müritzbahn (RB15 Waren - Malchow) from the district of Mecklenburgische Seenplatte on behalf of the state. This now makes it possible to order seasonal transport on the entire southern railway from a single source.

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Mecklenburg Lake District and Ludwigslust-Parchim, the tourism offices, the Southern Railway Citizens' Initiative and the transport company VLP and ODEG for their support in creating this really attractive seasonal offer," says Berthold Witting, Managing Director of VMV, and appeals: "Be part of it too and discover the most beautiful destinations in the Mecklenburg Lake District region in a climate-friendly way by bus and train!"

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