Temporary closure of the Brenner and Simplon lines due to modernisation works
In order to extend and renew the European railway line through the Alps some important modernisation works will be carried out along the Innsbruck <=> Brenner route between June and September 2012.
The Austrian railway company ÖBB, who is the infrastructure owner, will carry out these works. In order to limit as much as possible any possible inconveniences, ÖBB has opted for a flexible solution that provides a non-stop total closure from 06.08 to 10.09.2012 and for a total closure during 6 weekends in the remaining period, namely:
from 16.06 to 18.06, from 23.06 to 25.06, from 30.06 to 02.07, from 14.07 to 16.07, from 15.09 to 17.09 and from 22.09 to 24.09. During these weekends the traffic will be interrupted or diverted to other train routes.
In the whole remaining part of the period, namely from 11.06 to 22.09.2012, the train operation will be carried out according to the normal schedule, but on a single track. The consequent limited capacity could cause inconveniences in the regular train operation.
In order not to interrupt the transportation flow, the trains
- Rotterdam <=> Verona
- Antwerp <=> Verona
- Taulov <=> Verona
- Genk <=> Verona
will be diverted to alternative routes via the Tarvisio pass on the days of complete closure.
Please note that the closure of the Simplon/Lötschberg Transalpine line via Switzerland has also been announced for the weeks 33, 34 and 35. This in order to restore the damaged tunnel of Varzo. We are still defining the details.
Our Transalpine traffic connections along the Gotthard line and concerning the axes The Netherlands/Germany/Sweden/Denmark from/to Busto Arsizio will be instead fully guaranteed during the whole month of August.
In consideration of this Summer’s possible difficulties in the traffic connections on the Italian domestic territory, we have maintained the train planning from/to Pomezia and Bologna.
You can download the details regarding the different working phases with the changes in Hupac’s train operation programme as well as the alternative routes.