Traffic along Frejus Railway halted after a landslide
Traffic via the Frejus Railway, the main railway between Italy and France, is interrupted for an indefinite period after a landslide damaged both rail and road infrastructure. No casualties were reported, but French Ministry of Transport Clement Beaune said on Twitter that “a return to normal will take several days”. This border crossing, between Modane and Bardonecchia, is part of the TEN-T Mediterranean Corridor.
The landslide occurred on Sunday 27 August in Saint-André à La Praz, roughly 20 kilometres from the French border with Italy. The impact of this event will not only be on the rail industry. Vehicles on the road network in the area are running under various restrictions, including a ban on transit in the Frejus tunnel for trucks heavier than 3,5 tons.
These past few months have so far brought significant problems for Italy and elsewhere when it comes to weather disruptions to the country’s logistics industry. In May, the north was hit by severe floodings that halted operation for almost a week. In August thighs worsened in various area of the world. Floods also hit Slovenia, causing many rail freight services to be stopped and isolating the port of Koper, as well as Scandinavia. Outside of Europe, floods caused disruptions in China and Russia as well.