The renewal of the tracks paralyzes the center of Basel

Around 100 employees from different companies will work on the renewal of the tracks in the center of Basel until 25 September 2022 after the closure of the business.

Basel City in autumn. – Pixabay

Until then, the section between Barfüsserplatz and Schifflände is closed to tram traffic.

“The work takes place in three shifts around the clock because the schedule is very tight,” a spokesperson for Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) said when asked by the Keystone-SDA news agency. After all, the section will have to be open to traffic again on Monday morning, September 26, 2022.

The section became a construction site on Tuesday evening. The waterproofing of the Birsig tunnel is to be renewed at the entrance to the Falknerstrasse. Due to bad weather this was not possible after the last track change.

The total costs are around 1.5 million Swiss francs

The tracks and substructure at the Barfüsserplatz stop will also be replaced during these works, as will those at the intersection in front of the Spielzeug Welten Museum.

Work on the tunnel seals is “slightly overdue,” said the BVB spokesman. However, this delay should be compensated for by Sunday evening, so that the trams can again pass through the city center on Monday morning. In any case, surface work would be required later.

According to BVB, the total costs amount to around 1.5 million francs. The BVB spokesperson explained that the work is deliberately underway at the moment. The goal is that the new tracks can exist until the redesign of the Barfüsserplatz, that is, probably until 2031.

The tracks were last renewed in 2012 and 2015 respectively

There are detours for tram lines 1, 14, 6, 8, 11, 15, 16 and 17. Due to limited space, a tram replacement service through the city center is not possible. In the beginning, line three of the tram was also affected by the construction works. However, this has been running again since Thursday morning, as work on the Toy World Museum has already been completed.

The tracks at Barfüsserplatz were last renovated in 2012 and 2015 respectively. In the case of those in front of the Spielzeug Welten Museum, this was the case for the last time in 2017. At that time, all tracks were replaced, the switches and crossings on the Steinenberg. Those construction works lasted 21 days and therefore significantly longer than the current ones.

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