Swiss railways declare war on littering

Swiss trains are not as squeaky clean as their image.

Swiss railways declare war on littering

The national railways company SBB is so concerned about train litter that it has declared war on waste in rail carriages and stations that weighs in at tens of thousands of tonnes each year.

SBB said in a statement on Monday it has launched a national poster campaign to educate travellers and has started a trial system for sorting waste at Swiss stations.

In 2011, SBB said it scooped up some 32,000 tonnes of waste, recycling 5,730 tonnes of wastepaper, 51 tonnes of glass bottles and and 150 tonnes of plastic, discarded by travellers, often abandoned on trains or found in rubbish bins.

The amount of waste was one third more than the figure for 2006.

SBB is using Swiss personalities, including Gilbert Gress, once a French national football player and the coach of the former Swiss Super League club Neuchatel Xamax in its campaign.

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Rail services to remain disrupted in Switzerland in the coming days

Snow and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend caused havoc on some train lines, mainly in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Rail services to remain disrupted in Switzerland in the coming days
Snow has slowed down train traffic in Switzerland. Photo by AFP

Freezing temperatures cut off the power on some lines, disrupting train traffic in several regions.

Internationally, traffic between St. Margrethen in St.Gallen and Munich was interrupted due to heavy snowfall. EuroCity trains between Zurich and Munich were canceled.

Before it resumes normal service, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) must clear a thick layer of snow from trains and remove fallen trees from tracks, the company said on its website.

The train between Basel and Zurich airport will be canceled until Tuesday evening. 

But SBB says it will resume most of its traffic on the main lines on Monday, though at reduced frequency.

Shorter train formations and longer journeys should also be expected in the next few days.

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How can you know ahead of time about any last-minute cancellations or delays?

The timetable is also constantly updated on the SBB Mobile App. 

Any delays or last minute cancellations are indicated there in real time.

On Twitter, @RailService and @railinfo_cff provide information on possible disruptions as well.

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