Two key rail links into Italy badly disrupted until Summer 2024

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  • AMcWhirter
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    For those readers who might be planning a rail trip to Italy (either from the UK or from within mainland Europe) I thought you ought to know that two major links will be closed/suffer disruption for much longer than anticipated.

    One route is Paris-Turin-Milan (via Modane) which has become increasingly popular with corporate travellers thanks in part to Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecciarossa trains.

    When I originally started this thread it was thought the landslide (which had blocked the section through the Alps) would be closed for two months.

    Now the authorities say it will remain closed until summer 2024.

    SNCF needs to focus more on its customers

    The other route, also popular with business and leisure travellers alike, is the one linking Zurich-Milan via the new Gotthard tunnel.

    It’s also a main route for freight trains running to and from Italy. Regular cargo trains operating all day and night.

    What happened is that a freight train became derailed in the new Gotthard tunnel recently and there will be disruption until September 2024.

    I say “disruption” because a limited number of trains will begin running over one track in the new tunnel. Other services may be diverted over the classic Gotthard route which is scenic but adds to journey time. But this *may* impact journey times.

    Check schedules on Rail.ch

    See Swiss Rail alert below [FR].

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