Line Closure

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The track at the Zurich Giesshübel railway station has reached the end of its service life and needs to be renewed. From Friday, 1 October through to the end of service on Sunday, 24 October, the lines between Zurich HB and Zurich Saalsporthalle, as well as Zurich HB and Zurich Binz, will be out of service in both directions.

Project Description

The track at the Zurich Giesshübel railway station has reached the end of its service life and needs to be renewed. To ensure safe and reliable service for passengers in the future, the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn (SZU) is replacing not only the sleepers and rails, but also in places the substructure as well as adapting the track drainage. It will also reinforce the bridges over Manessestrasse and the Sihl river.

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Line Closure

The track at the Zurich Giesshübel railway station has reached the end of its service life and needs to be renewed.
Please make sure to inquire in time about alternative routes and plan additional time for your journey. Just watch the video!

If you have any questions, please contact the ZVV-Contact customer service, available daily 6am – 10pm at telephone 0848 988 988 (CHF 0.08/min).

What are my connection options between Zurich HB and Sihltal?

Tram lines 10 and 13 provide services between Zurich Main Station and Zurich Saalsporthalle. The travel time for this section of the route is approximately 20 minutes.

  • Departure/arrival Zurich Main Station from the ‘Bahnhofstrasse/HB’ stop
  • Sihlcity: Transfer from lines 10 and 13 to the S4 from the ‘Saalsporthalle’ stop
  • Sihlcity: Transfer from the S4 to lines 10 and 13 from the ‘Sihlcity Nord’ stop

 

Where can I get additional information?

Everything you need to know about the construction project, its background and recommended travel routes can be found at www.zvv.ch.

For additional information, please contact the ZVV-Contact customer service, available daily 6am–10pm at telephone 0848 988 988 (CHF 0.08/min.) or contact(at)zvv(dot)ch.

Why is there no railway replacement bus service between Zurich HB and Zurich Selnau?

Over 25,000 passengers travel daily on the SZU section between Zurich HB and Zurich Selnau. The busy streets in the city centre of Zurich couldn’t cope with the additional traffic that would be generated by the necessary number of bus services.
During the nights from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday, a railway replacement bus will operate between Zurich, Bahnhofplatz/HB and Zurich Selnau with connections to the SN4 line.

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What are my connection options between Zurich Main Station and Uetliberg?

We recommend choosing one of these two routes:

  • Via Zurich Wiedikon (SBB or VBZ tram line 14) and from there with bus line 76 to Zurich Binz. From Binz with the S10 to Uetliberg.
  • VBZ tram line 14 to ‘Zurich, Triemli’ and walk to the station Zurich ‘Triemli SZU’. The walk takes about 7 minutes going uphill.

 

Why are there no rail replacement buses between Zurich Main Station and Zurich Binz?

  • When the weather is good for daytrips, the number of passengers travelling to Uetliberg can be considerable. The already busy streets in Zurich’s city centre can’t absorb the extra traffic that would be generated by the additional number of buses that would be required.
  • Previous rail replacement projects have also shown that many passengers prefer the connection via Zurich Wiedikon and bus line 76. For this reason, the focus is on strengthening this line.

 

Why is a total closure necessary and why isn’t construction work done during the night?

For the intensive phase in which there will be two or more construction shifts per day, train services on the specified routes must be completely shut down from the start of service on Friday, 1 October through to the end of service on Sunday, 24 October.

This is being done for the following reasons:

  • This is the fastest and cheapest way to complete the construction work.
  • This also shortens the time in which passengers and residents will be affected by the project.
  • The project includes work that is impossible or extremely cumbersome to interrupt.
  • Modifications to the track geometry also cannot be done in stages. It is therefore not possible to only work overnight and then have trains running during the day.
  • Because it operates on a DC system, the Uetliberg S10 line cannot run on the AC-system tracks of the Sihltal S4 line. This situation makes the construction work even more complex.

 

What do I need to keep in mind with regard to validated tickets and travelcards?

  • All ZVV zone tickets and travelcards are valid on the alternative routes as well.
  • All City Tickets for the city of Zurich are also valid on the alternative routes.
  • City Ticket Adliswil: please note that this ticket is not valid for travel via Thalwil. Within the city of Zurich, however, you can use the alternative routes.
  • Tickets for direct connections (with specified departure and destination points rather than zones) are also valid on the alternative routes within the city of Zurich (ZVV zone 110).

 

How can I travel with a mobility impairment or with a pram?

  • The easiest solution is to plan your trip with the ZVV online timetable or the ZVV-Timetable app. The journey search can be filtered to include only connections with step free access. The transfer times can also be changed.
  • Zurich Main Station – Zurich Saalsporthalle: Not all trams on lines 10 and 13 have a low-floor entrance.
  • Zurich Main Station – Zurich Binz: Not all trams on line 14 have a low-floor entrance. The buses on line 76, by contrast, all have a low-floor entrance. The trains of the Zurich S-Bahn (SBB) between Zurich Main Station and Zurich Wiedikon generally have at least one low-floor carriage.
    With prams and wheelchairs, travelling via Zurich Binz is preferable to the route via Zurich Triemli as the transfer between SZU and VBZ is over flat ground.

What are my options for other connections?

You can find the quickest/most convenient connection at www.zvv.ch