Re-opening of Gotthard line after another rockslide

On 14 November, the Gotthard line had to be closed for a second time within five months due to another rock slide near Gurtnellen in Switzerland. The rock slide occurred after heavy rain fall not far from the locations of the first slide in June and blocked the railway line. However, the newly installed alarm system for the area worked perfectly and triggered the alarm, preventing any harm. No one was injured and trains were re-directed via the Lötschberg line.

The rock which blocked the line was blasted on Saturday and the tracks could be cleared earlier than expected. While the Gotthard line was re-opened for freight traffic on Sunday afternoon, 18 November, passenger services are able to run since Monday morning.

Even though rail services will be operated on a single track for some time, this shall have no effects on the rail service restrictions according to a spokesman of SBB Infrastruktur.


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