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Frankfurt to get 24-hour public transport on weekends

Germany's finance capital is to serve party-goers non-stop on the weekends. But don't get too excited - some of the changes could take a while.

Frankfurt to get 24-hour public transport on weekends
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Frankfurt mayor Peter Feldmann made the announcement on Wednesday, the Frankfurter Rundschau reports.

“In a cosmopolitan city, inhabitants expect to be provided with a transport system worthy of the name,” he said.

Starting this December, S-Bahn lines in and around the city will begin running 24 hours a day from Friday until Sunday evening.

The trains will run at hourly intervals, although none will pass through the inner city tunnel until August 2018 due to repair works.

Then, from December 2018, U-Bahn and tram systems in the finance hub will also work the night through on Friday and Saturday, although the changes will only be brought in through stages.

On busy lines, the U-Bahn and trams are set to arrive every half hour.

The Rhein-Main transport company (RMV) has assured commuters that the change will not lead to higher ticket prices.

So, is this another step along the line of Frankfurt shedding its image as Germany’s capital of dull?

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ZURICH

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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