Swiss railways admit lines in poor condition
The high reputation of Swiss railways has suffered a setback after a report suggests a third of all lines in the country need renovation.
The report from the rail company reveals there are track sections which are in urgent need of repair.
It comes at a bad time as last week’s derailment in Lucerne is being blamed on bad points.
The state of the poor lines run from ‘bad’ to ‘unsatisfactory’. Lines listed as ‘bad’ need immediate work.
Swiss Federal Railways admit they haven’t spent as much as required on maintenance for many years – but also say newer trains are heavier and are carrying more people, which means the lines need more servicing than before.