Rail traffic between France and Italy is interrupted on Monday after a major rockslide in the Maurienne valley, which also causes difficulties on the road, according to official information available. The SNCF specifies that the closure will last until Wednesday inclusive at a minimum.
Sunday around 5:15 p.m., “several blocks of rock representing a volume of around 700 m3” struck the protective screen installed on the RD 1006, in a “particularly monitored sector”, explained the prefecture of Savoie in a press release. This landslide caused the interruption of train traffic between France and Italy, on the Chambéry-Turin line, as well as TER in the Maurienne valley, said the SNCF.
Transport Minister Clément Beaune warned that a return to normal "will take several days". “After the massive landslide that occurred yesterday in
On the road side, the RD 1006 was closed to all traffic at the level of the landslide, between the intersection RD 1006 / RD 215 and the Freney interchange. The Maurienne motorway, A43, was also closed between ramps 29 and 30 in both directions of traffic (St-Michel-de-Maurienne and Le Freney) for an indefinite period, "time to clear the debris that are deposited on the highway following this landslide".
The Fréjus road tunnel is also closed to traffic for all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in both directions, France-Italy and Italy-France. "Heavy goods vehicles and coaches are therefore invited to pass through the Mont-Blanc tunnel or the A8 motorway", notes the prefecture.