August 23, 2017

Rastatt repairs will take until October, says DB

Written by  Keith Fender
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Rastatt repairs will take until October, says DB DB AG/Thomas Niedmuller

GERMAN Rail (DB) announced on August 22 that the section of the Karlsruhe - Basle line through the town of Rastatt will remain closed until October 7 following a major landslip on August 12, which was caused by groundwater entering the new railway tunnel being constructed beneath the town.

Work to stabilise the tunnel damaged by the earth movements has been underway since mid-August with a 50m section of the tunnel's eastern tube being filled with 10,500m3 of concrete.

The tunnel was being constructed relatively close to the surface in sedimentary rock which was being frozen and stabilised with grouting prior tunnelling.

Due to open in 2022, the 16km Rastatt avoiding line is part of the 182km Karlsruhe - Basle upgrading project to provide a four-track rail connection from central Germany to Switzerland and the new Alpine base tunnels.

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