Visp railway station

Visp railway station is a junction station at Visp (French: Viège), in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It has a modern station building completed in 2007, and is served by two standard gauge lines and a metre gauge line.

Visp
Four-story boxy glass building
The new station building from the street.
LocationBahnhofplatz 2
Visp
Switzerland
Coordinates46°17′38″N 07°52′53″E / 46.29389°N 7.88139°E / 46.29389; 7.88139Coordinates: 46°17′38″N 07°52′53″E / 46.29389°N 7.88139°E / 46.29389; 7.88139
Elevation650.2 m (2,133 ft)
Owned bySwiss Federal Railways
Line(s)
Distance35.08 km (21.80 mi) from Zermatt
Platforms4
Tracks
Train operators
ConnectionsPostauto and local buses
Electrified1 October 1929 (1929-10-01) (BVZ)
Passengers
201418,400 (daily)
Services
Preceding station EuroCity Following station
Spiez
towards Basel SBB
Basel to Milan Brig
Preceding station Swiss Federal Railways Following station
Spiez
towards Basel SBB
InterCity
IC 6
Brig
Terminus
Spiez
towards Romanshorn
InterCity
IC 8
Leuk InterRegio
IR 90
Preceding station Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn Following station
Terminus Regio
Eyholz
towards Andermatt
Stalden-Saas
towards Zermatt
Eyholz
towards Fiesch
Terminus
Preceding station RegionAlps Following station
Raron
towards St-Gingolph
Regio
Brig
Terminus
Raron
towards Monthey
Regio
Location
Visp is located in Switzerland
Visp
Visp
Location within Switzerland

Visp station is now the busiest railway station in Valais.[citation needed]

Every day, about 230 trains stop at Visp,[citation needed] and approximately 18,400 passengers use the station, mostly for changing to and from trains calling at Sion[citation needed].

Rail services to VispEdit

Standard gaugeEdit

The older of the two standard gauge lines serving Visp is the Simplon Railway,[1] which links (Genève-Aéroport, Genève and) Lausanne on Lake Geneva with Brig, at the northern portal of the Simplon Tunnel, via Sion and Visp.

In 2007, Visp became a standard gauge junction station, upon the opening of the New Railway Link through the Alps (NRLA),[2] connecting (Bern and) Spiez with Brig and the Simplon Tunnel, via the Lötschberg Base Tunnel and Visp.

All of the standard gauge passenger trains stopping at Visp are operated by SBB CFF FFS, even though the Lötschberg Base Tunnel is owned by another railway company, BLS AG.

Metre gaugeEdit

Visp is also served by the metre gauge Brig-Visp-Zermatt railway (BVZ). Since 1 January 2003 (2003-01-01), the BVZ has been owned and operated by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB), following a merger between the BVZ and the Furka Oberalp Bahn (FO).

The MGB also operates metre gauge regional services from Zermatt to Visp,[3] and from Visp to Brig and beyond,[4] at hourly intervals.

The Lötschberg Base Tunnel renovationsEdit

Following an architecture competition, a new station building was constructed at Visp to coincide with the opening of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel. The new station building is four storeys high, and features blue mirror glass cladding. In 2007, Visp station won the inaugural FLUX Prize, which is awarded to particularly well designed Swiss transport hubs.

Upon the opening of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, Visp station became a major exchange station for surrounding towns such as Sion, and Martigny and wintersport areas like Saas Fee, Saas Grund und Zermatt, partly because the Base Tunnel emerges shortly before Visp, and bypasses the larger towns.

In the aftermath of the station's reconstruction, the population of Visp grew significantly. Whereas the town had had 6,100 residents in 2006, the population grew by 2008 to 7,100 inhabitants. That is an increase of nearly 10% in only two years. The reason for the increase is the new residential area of Visp-West, which is also a consequence of the station's rebuilding. In only three years, Visp-West should accommodate a further 3,000 residents.

Since the rebuild, there has also been a change in international traffic flows, with trains between Basel and Milan now passing through Visp and Brig via the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, instead of bypassing the town via the Lötschberg railway line (including the old Lötschberg Tunnel) and Brig.

Mountains reflected in the station building

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Swiss timetable 100.
  2. ^ Swiss timetable 300.
  3. ^ Swiss timetable 140.
  4. ^ Swiss timetables 140 and 142.

SourcesEdit

  • Moser, Beat; Börret, Ralph; Küstner, Thomas (2005). Glacier Express: Von St. Moritz nach Zermatt (in German). Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany: Eisenbahn-Journal (Verlagsgruppe Bahn GmbH). ISBN 3-89610-057-2.
  • Moser, Beat; Jossi, Urs (2006). MGB Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (in German). 1. Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany: Eisenbahn-Journal (Verlagsgruppe Bahn GmbH). ISBN 3-89610-157-9.
  • "Official timetable of Switzerland". Bundesamt für Verkehr. (in English)

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