Track closure between Bettembourg and Esch/Alzette. What for?
From 8 to 24 April (Easter holidays) the first phase of the modernisation and maintenance works will be performed by the CFL on the section of the line between Bettembourg and Esch-sur-Alzette.
Works will be performed to prepare for the removal of level crossings 91 (rue Hédange), 91a (rue de la Gare) and 92 (rue de Lallange), and for the implementation of noise prevention measures in the urban area of the municipality of Schifflange. This is in addition to the reconstruction of Schifflange railway stop, which will begin during this first phase with the upgrading of the platform on the platform 1 side. The CFL will also take advantage of the fact that the lines will be blocked off in order to perform numerous other maintenance and modernisation works. Esch-sur-Alzette train station will be served via Pétange throughout the period in which the Bettembourg – Esch-sur-Alzette line will be blocked off (Easter holidays).
Removal of the level crossings to increase safety
In order to increase road and rail safety, a certain number of level crossings, the points where these two networks meet, will be removed where possible. This concerns three level crossings in the municipality of Schifflange: level crossing 91 (rue Hédange), 91a (rue de la Gare) and 92 (rue de Lallange). From 8 to 24 April, preparation works will take place to implement these projects. At the same time, the overhead lines will be adapted on a 2.4 km stretch to take into account the changes following the removal of the level crossings, the reconstruction of Schifflange railway stop and the construction of noise barriers.
At level crossings, stay alert and stick to the “code de la route”
Modernisation of the rail infrastructure
In order to modernise the rail infrastructure, the CFL will be rebuilding Schifflange stop, among others. During this first phase, the platform on the platform 1 side of the stop will be reconstructed to facilitate access for passengers, more specifically for persons with reduced mobility, to CFL trains. To this effect, the platforms at the stop will be upgraded in order to permit level access.
At the same time, and in order to take full advantage of the period during which the Bettembourg – Esch-sur-Alzette section of the line will be blocked off, the CFL has suggested to ArcelorMittal, the owner of the flyover in Esch-sur-Alzette, that it could dismantle it during this phase. This structure, which has become obsolete, is in a dilapidated state and will be demolished between 10 and 21 April 2017.
The demolition of this structure will make it possible to optimise the electrical clearance and adapt the longitudinal section of the railway tracks, in order to prepare for the future project to adapt Esch-sur-Alzette station to the needs of persons with reduced mobility.
Maintenance of the rail infrastructure
In order to continue ensuring the comfort and safety of rail traffic, various maintenance works will also be performed while the line is blocked off, including the replacement of the rails at the level
crossing in Huncherange and some portions of the track at Bettembourg station. This is in addition to cleaning the drainage system between Bettembourg and Noertzange (these structures are vital in order to evacuate water from the railway line), and repair works on a railway bridge close to Brucherberg/Scheuerbusch.
Implementation of sound protection measures
To reduce noise pollution caused by their operations, the CFL are planning to set up noise barriers in the urban area of the municipality of Schifflange. While the line is blocked off between 8 and 24 April, the CFL will put in the foundations that will serve as support for these noise barriers in the future. (Find more information about sound protection measures here)
Close coordination with other actors
During this period, other authorities will take advantage of the fact that the line is blocked off to perform their maintenance and renovation works, including in-depth cleaning of the pedestrian walkway from Esch-sur-Alzette station to Galgenberg and the restoration and raising of the Cellula road bridge between Dudelange and Bettembourg.