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Many travelers are expected on the roads and rails at Easter

Updated at 21 Mar 2024 2:40 pm

The Federal Roads Office (Astra) is expecting long traffic jams and major traffic delays over the Easter period. This is particularly the case on the north-south axis in front of the Gotthard tunnel and on the San Bernardino route. SBB is increasing the number of seats over the holidays.

Easter traffic starts early on the Wednesday afternoon before the holidays, Astra wrote in a press release on Thursday. From Easter Sunday, traffic jams can be expected in the opposite direction.

According to Astra, a high volume of traffic is also expected on the feeder routes to well-known excursion regions and on the highways in the Central Plateau.

Astra also warned against leaving the highway. Avoiding traffic puts a strain on people in the villages along the national roads and ultimately leads to gridlock in the regions. This also increases the risk of accidents.

49,000 additional seats

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is also expecting increased travel volumes between German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino. Following the derailment of a freight train on 10 August 2023, capacity through the Gotthard Base Tunnel is still limited, SBB emphasized in a press release in the run-up to the holidays.

In order to meet the high demand, SBB is running a total of 49 additional trains from German-speaking Switzerland to Ticino and back over the Easter holidays, providing a total of 49,000 additional seats.

Nevertheless, it cannot be guaranteed that there will be disruptions in individual cases, SBB emphasized. For safety reasons, overcrowded trains are not allowed to travel through the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Seat reservations are therefore recommended.

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