Update on ICM Case due to derailment in Gotthard base tunnel
90 freight trains per day will run through the Gotthard Base Tunnel from 23 August onwards
Work on opening the undamaged east tunnel of the Gotthard Base Tunnel is proceeding at full speed and is making good progress. The heavily damaged lane-changing gate was successfully replaced by a mobile gate. In the coming days, necessary adjustments will be made in the signal box. In addition, test runs are necessary. As announced, freight traffic will be able to roll through the base tunnel again on 23 August 2023.
As of now, around 90 freight trains per day will be able to travel through the base tunnel. Around 20 will be diverted via the panorama route. This means that 110 goods trains per day can travel through the Gotthard axis.
For freight traffic, the opening of the east tunnel will bring significantly more flexibility and for freight customers, relief. Initially, transit trains parked in Switzerland and abroad will run. These could not be rerouted via the panorama route because of the corner height. To ensure that all goods can be transported, freight trains must also continue to be diverted via the Lötschberg-Simplon axis and via the Brenner route. The exact production concepts are being worked out. Together with its partner railways, SBB is doing everything in its power to ensure that the train paths for freight traffic can be extended on an ongoing basis.
More information can be found HERE. (German, French and Italian)
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