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The railway line in Maurienne valley linking France and Italy via Modane has reopened today in the early morning. The route was being closed for train traffic for three weeks due to a mudslide. The railway operators have been using several alternative routes to bypass the barred line.
The Maurienne line was reopened for both passenger and freight trains on Tuesday, 23 July, at 06.00 a.m. To make the route accessible for traffic, SNCF has been providing the works even on the weekend. The relaunch of the line was reported by SNCF Réseau and RFC North Sea – Mediterranean, an alliance of European railway companies interested in the route.
On 2 July, a 1.80 metre-high mudflow hit the railway track between Saint Michel-Valloire and Modane in France. Because of it, the line was closed for both passenger and freight traffic. The measure affected the freight trains running on the North Sea – Mediterranean corridor as well as the high-speed trains connecting Paris and Milan. After the incident, the series of explosions were carried out in order to prevent the rockfall in the future. When the line was closed, the railway companies used several alternative routes via Switzerland: Marseille – Ventimiglia – Genova, Geneve – Domodossa/Chiasso and Basel – Domodossola/Chiasso.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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