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Disruption in the Gotthard Base Tunnel

The tunnel used by trains on the Basel / Zurich - Lugano - Italy routes has been impacted by a freight train coming off the rails.

| Last Updated: 8 days ago

A freight train has damaged over 8 kilometers of track in Europe's longest rail tunnel, with the full reconstruction work inevitably expected to take several months.

As a result the Swiss national rail operator SBB has had to make significant alterations to the the usual timetable.

From August 23rd:

The alterations, which will be in place from August 23rd until further notice, are:

  • The IC trains on the Basel ↔ Lugano and Zurich ↔ Lugano will have their journey times extended by an hour.
  • Most trains on the Zurich to Milano Centrale and Milano Centrale to Zurich HB routes will be operating, but with departure times from Zurich and hour earlier than usual and arrival times in Zurich an hour later
  • The Zurich ↔ Venezia/Venice and Zurich ↔ Genova service will be departing Zurich an hour earlier than usual, and arriving an hour later into Zurich.
  • Zurich ↔ Genova and the Zurich ↔ Bologna services will only be available between Zurich and Chiasso/Milan
  • The two daily trains on the Basel ↔ Milano Centrale via Luzern route, including the train which commences its journey in Frankfurt (Main), will be turning round in Lugano, with connections to and from Italy.

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