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Damage to Cobra brings Zurich timetable

During the next ten days, it will be bad and that be the usual punctuality, on Zurich's tram network. This is because Trams have a Problem with the Cobra, as the Zurich transport authority (VBZ) have informed today, on a short-term einberaumten media conference.

On the 24. December is broken at one of the Trams, a joint rod. An analysis by experts of the materials testing Institute showed Empa, the cause is not a production error, this specific rod, but that it could be a fatigue fracture. Therefore, according to the VBZ is clear that immediately the rods of all 88 of the Cobra-Trams need to be checked for internal and external cracks.

Five to ten vehicles are considered per day from the traffic. Those that remain in use, will be for safety reasons only with a reduced speed on the go: with a maximum of 42 instead of 60 km/h. Because in the worst case, in a further break, it could lead to a derailment. Safety is the top priority, said the councillor responsible Michael Baumer (FDP).


He said this with a view to the roadmap. Because under the emergency measure, the punctuality will suffer, because the Cobra vehicles are no longer able to cope with distance in the usual time. This affects the lines lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 13 and 17, on which you will continue to be used. On the lines 7, 10, 11, 12, and 14 ply, no Cobras. This means no delays, and limited low-floor range. On the lines 8 and 15, there are no Changes, the lines 10 and 12 are operated with a Tram 2000 with a Pony trailer. (hub)

Created: 21.03.2019, 15:26 PM

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