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The safety work was completed earlier than initially forecast.
The railway line, which has been interrupted since a landslide on Tuesday last week between the Tyrolean train stations of Roppen and Imst-Pitztal, can be fully reopened to all train traffic on Tuesday evening and thus earlier than planned. ÖBB announced this on Monday.
From Wednesday, all local and long-distance trains could run again according to the timetable.
This means that the connection between Tyrol and Vorarlberg can again be used by rail customers without restrictions. The only rail connection to Vorarlberg is again fully available for freight traffic.
Explosive traffic situation
“Especially due to the closure of the Arlberg road tunnel, ÖBB was aware that the rail connection to Vorarlberg is currently of particular importance for freight and passenger transport,” it said in a broadcast.
By bundling all the necessary regional resources and the favorable weather conditions of the past few days, the work assignment could be intensified.
The security work was difficult
© Picture: ÖBB/Gasser-Mair
The original forecast assumed that after the necessary safety measures had been taken, the route could initially only be opened to long-distance traffic and, to a limited extent, to freight trains. Local traffic should have been run as a replacement rail service until June 18 in order to be able to complete the complex permanent slope stabilization during the longer train breaks.
Since the affected track area slopes down directly to the unstable and steep slope on one side and to the Inn on the other side, the implementation of the safety measures was particularly difficult, according to the ÖBB. All the equipment could only be transported to and from the site by rail, and the necessary materials had to be flown into the slope by helicopter.
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