After the accident: The first passenger trains can go through the Gotthard Tunnel again

After misfortune
The first passenger trains can go through the Gotthard Tunnel again

Crashed freight wagons are at the scene of the accident in the Gotthard Base Tunnel at the beginning of September. photo

© Urs Flueeler/KEYSTONE/dpa

At least on the weekend, individual passenger trains should roll through the Gotthard Base Tunnel again. The reason for the continued limited connection is extensive repair work.

Seven weeks after the serious one Accident in the longest railway tunnel in the world, the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, means that passenger traffic is expected to start again at least at the weekend. From Friday, individual passenger trains will travel through the 57-kilometer-long tunnel again, as the Swiss railway company SBB reported on Thursday. A southbound train is planned for Friday and a northbound train for Sunday. The tunnel connects German-speaking Switzerland with the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino and is one of the most important north-south axes from Germany to Italy.

On August 10th, a freight train derailed in the tunnel. The clearance work was difficult. In mid-September, train parts still had to be recovered. According to the SBB, a total of around eight kilometers of tracks and 20,000 sleepers will be replaced. No one was injured in the accident. Freight traffic resumed on August 23rd through the undamaged eastern tube. According to the SBB, the overall repair is likely to take months.

The first train is scheduled to travel south from Zurich on Friday at 5:33 p.m. A few more passenger trains will soon run on weekends. Ticino is a popular weekend getaway region for Swiss from the north. The trips on the weekend are possible because there are fewer freight trains on the road then. In addition, repair work in the west tube was suspended. “Due to the rescue concept, no passenger trains are allowed to run through the eastern tube during the work,” said the SBB.


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