Le Châble’s new train station welcomed its first passengers on Monday, 5 November 2018, after two years of construction work and one month of interrupted railway traffic.
It is the first standard-gauge railway station in Switzerland to provide a cable car link-up. Both the railway line and the station have been moved underground into a 270-metre long excavated gallery, and have been designed to accommodate double-decker SBB trains in due course.
The new structure was necessary to bring the station in line with safety regulations and improve access for people with reduced mobility.
Its opening constitutes an important step in the development of the Curala site. Moving the station into the excavated space has freed up a surface area of 40,000m2, which the Municipality of Bagnes will incorporate into the project to redesign Place Curala.
“The refurbishment and safety measures for the TMR station will cost CHF 27 million in all. CHF 17 million of this is being covered by the Municipality, while CHF 10 million is being covered by TMR with the support of the Confederation. This is part of an overall credit of CHF 180 million, which is being invested over 12 years to modernise TMR’s entire network by 2024.” Source Le Nouvelliste