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No love lost

01 Jun 2002

A FURIOUS row has broken out between German Railway and the construction industry. On May 17 DB issued a statement from its outspoken Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn refuting accusations that DB was not capable of implementing its own investment programme. Saying that he was amazed how the industry was treating its largest customer, Mehdorn declared that never before had the builders enjoyed so much work. Insisting that DB was dealing with corruption in its own organisation, Mehdorn went on to demand that the construction industry should cease paying lip service, get on with the tasks it had been given, and concentrate on achieving higher quality.

Mehdorn had previously crossed swords with rolling stock suppliers following a series of embarrassing technical problems with newly-built trains.