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Damage to the Salzbach Valley Bridge: Closure causes huge traffic delays

20.06.2021 | 14:38 Clock | Service
Damage to the Salzbach Valley Bridge: Closure causes huge traffic delays

Commuters travelling by car or train in the Rhine-Main area will need damn good nerves and a lot of patience in the next few weeks - in the worst case even the next few months: the Salzbachtal bridge, part of the A66, will remain closed until further notice due to bridge damage. This means that the main artery between Wiesbaden and Frankfurt is partially closed to traffic completely.The area must be bypassed via the A643, A60 and A67, which is guaranteed to cause considerable chaos and traffic jams with rush hour on Monday. However, not only the A66 is affected, but also the railway line under the bridge: this is also closed, which is why numerous railway lines will have to stop at "Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof", with individual lines ending at "Wiesbaden Ost". Affected are: RE9, RB10, RB75, S1, S8 and S9. Not affected is the line RB21.

How long the closure will last, can not be said at the moment. Because the damages are substantial and must be examined first of all exactly, before further steps can be decided. Until expert opinion and concept stand, it may take time.

The changes for commuter and regional trains.

The S1 and S8 lines end at "Wiesbaden Ost" and turn around there.

The line S9 ends at "Wiesbaden-Mainz Kastel Bahnhof".

For the lines RE9 and RB10 the stop "Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof" is cancelled. There is a rail replacement service between Wiesbaden-Biebrich and "Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof". Info at http://www.vias-online.de/index.html

The RB75 line ends at "Mainz Hauptbahnhof".

Delays must be expected on all lines.

There are also extensive restrictions on long-distance services:

All ICE trains between Wiesbaden and Frankfurt (Main), which start or end in Wiesbaden Hbf. are cancelled in both directions between Wiesbaden Hbf and Frankfurt (Main) Hbf. The stops Frankfurt (Main) Airport Fernbahnhof, Mainz Hbf and Wiesbaden Hbf are cancelled.

All ICE/IC trains between Wiesbaden and Mannheim that start or end in Wiesbaden Hbf are cancelled in both directions between Wiesbaden Hbf and Mainz Hbf. The stop Wiesbaden Hbf is cancelled.

All ICE trains in/from Cologne direction, which start or end in Mainz Hbf, will be diverted and thus delayed by about 10 minutes. The stop at Wiesbaden Hbf will be cancelled. Substitute stop in Frankfurt (Main) Airport.

All ICE trains between Cologne and Mannheim with intermediate stop in Wiesbaden Hbf and Mainz Hbf will be diverted in both directions. The stops at Wiesbaden Hbf and Mainz Hbf will be cancelled. Substitute stop in Frankfurt (Main) Airport.

Please use buses

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To get to Wiesbaden central station, passengers can use various buses:

Between "Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof" and "Wiesbaden Bahnhof Ost" some replacement buses are running.

Between "Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof" and "Wiesbaden Bahnhof Ost" bus lines 6 and 33 are also running. Please note, however, the information of Mainzer Mobilität on the indefinite strike in the private bus industry, which begins on 21 June.

Between "Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof" and "Kastel Bahnhof" or "Kastel Brückenkopf" (bus 6), bus lines 6, 68 and 91 can be used. Please note for the line 6, however, the information of Mainzer Mobilität about the indefinite strike in the private bus industry.

Between "Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof" and "Mainz Hauptbahnhof" the bus line 6 runs. Please note, however, the information of Mainzer Mobilität on the indefinite strike in the private bus industry.

From Wiesbaden-Biebrich (change to RE9/RB10), the city buses of line 47 to Wiesbaden.

Whether you are travelling by car or by train: In the near future you have to plan more time and bring good nerves for the way to and from Wiesbaden.

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