Rhine-Alpine News

Progress between Karlsruhe and Basel

Photo (DB): Construction of bypass near Bietigheim

Karlsruhe / Basel: DB Netze, the infrastructure operator of Deutsche Bahn, outlines the ongoing construction progress on the railway line between Karlsruhe and Basel in its newest newsletter (4-2019). Measures include a new track at Weil am Rhein and Haltingen, a bypass at Bietigheim/Baden, and the construction work at the Rastatt tunnel. While the newsletter is in German language, illustrations and keywords will likely make for an easy understanding of basic facts.

Find the newsletter here (external link, German language).

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Rail freight to reach Novara terminals more easily

Novara: The city of Novara, located in Piemonte Region and east of Milan, has a rather important intermodal terminal. Trains running between this terminal and Switzerland, via Domodossola, have to pass through the city centre. Italian rail network operator RFI has designated 84 million Euros for a bypass north of the city. It will be operational in 2025.

Furthermore, a noise reduction plan by RFI for railway lines in Novara will be revised, because the noise protection walls with their envisioned height of 7 meters would completely alter the local landscape.

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New sleeper service to Brussels

Photo: ÖBB

Brussels: National Austrian rail operator ÖBB has started twice-weekly overnight passenger services between Brussels and Vienna as well as between Brussels and Munich / Innsbruck. The trains, which run combined from Brussels to Nuremberg and vice versa, use the railway line along the Rhine until Frankfurt. They offer different classes of sleeper services as well as coach seats.

ÖBB has in the past expanded its night train network across Europe. This includes some routes formerly operated by German rail operator DB, which no longer runs sleeper services. Further expansion of ÖBB services are expected, including a route to Amsterdam that will start to operate in December.

Read the whole news here, including the schedule (external link, German language).