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Works on the Rhine Valley line: all news about the replacement programme


From 8.4.22 to 24.4.22, extensive construction work take place on the Rhine Valley railway between Mannheim and Basel. During this period, the track capacity is greatly reduced due to various partial and full closures.


The replacement program

Together with DB Netze and our rail partners, we have drawn up a replacement program for around 70% of the regular trains. Just under half of these approximately 650 trains are scheduled via the Rhine Valley. All possible replacement capacities are used. The remaining volume is routed via the Gäubahn, Brenner and France. For 70% of the trains, we can offer the P400 profile.


Over the Easter holidays, the Rhine Valley line will be closed from 14.4.22, 23.00, until 18.4.22. Practically NO trains can run via the Rhine Valley. The already limited capacity will be further reduced to almost zero. The diversionary routes via Gäubahn, France and Brenner can accommodate just under 50% of the traffic.


Further measures

Extra trains are running between Busto and Basel to support transalpine traffic.


A task force is on duty 24/7 to coordinate possible events with the railways. Every opportunity to use any capacity that may become available is seized.


Preparations for week 16, when the train program will be ramped up again, are in full swing.

The implementation

14.4.2022 - As expected, not all trains of the closely timed diversionary service can circulate due to various traffic incidents. About 15% of the replacement program is cancelled due to operational disturbances.


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