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The viaduct under construction, the trains at rest

While waterproofing work will resume on the viaduct from July 8 to August 11, rail traffic on the structure will be interrupted. What are the consequences for passengers?

Here we go again! The waterproofing work on the Viaduct will resume this summer, once again impacting traffic on the structure and consequently user journeys. After 2016 and 2019, travelers will once again have to be patient, even if alternative means will obviously be put in place.

Buses at Bricon and Bologna stations

Work will resume from July 8 to August 11 with the removal of waterproofing and the installation of a new complex over the entire 600 m of the 3e level. An operation costing 2.1 million, entirely financed by SNCF Réseau but not without consequences for users.

Replacement coaches. – Source: SNCF

“On average, there are around fifty trains running on the viaduct every day during the week, a quarter of which are freight trains,” SNCF indicates. With traffic cut off, it was necessary to find an alternative to be able to ensure the transport of passengers on the Paris/Troyes/Belfort/Mulhouse lines but also Reims/Chaumont/Dijon.

To ensure service on the Paris/Mulhouse line, Bricon station will resume service with agents mobilized to welcome and inform passengers on site from the first to the last train. Coaches will be set up between Bricon and Chaumont, with an estimated journey time of 20 minutes.

Regarding the Reims/Dijon line, trains from or to Reims and Saint-Dizier will stop in Bologna. Coaches will be provided to allow passengers coming from or going to Dijon to continue their journey. Estimated time between Bologna and Chaumont, also 20 minutes.

And pedestrian access? Pedestrians, you will have to wait. The first level, which offers a walk like no other on the largest stone structure in France, will not open immediately. After the waterproofing has been restored, a two-year observation period will be necessary, after which, if the infiltrations have been properly controlled, masonry work will begin. Only then will the pedestrian path be reopened.

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