Late Swiss trains get green light to skip stations

The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (FOT) on Monday said it was “reasonable” for late trains to skip stations in the wake of public criticism over the issue.

Late Swiss trains get green light to skip stations
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The FOT said the measure should only be used to prevent a domino effect across the whole network where one late train could cause delays for passengers on other services.

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But the ministry also asked Switzerland’s national rail operator, the SBB, to use the measure as sparingly as possible.

The statement came after two highly publicized incidents in recent months when trains skipped stations.

According to the Swiss news agency SDA, 17 trains have missed stations since December 2018 to minimize network disruption.

Yesterday’s statement from the transport ministry was a rare piece of good news for the SBB which has been under fire all summer, most recently after a train conductor died when he was trapped by a faulty carriage door.

A subsequent inspection of affected carriages revealed problems with the anti-trip system on a number of other doors. The SBB is currently working to deal with the issue.

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