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Old April 9th, 2008, 08:57 PM   #61
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The shuttle-train for cars of Simplon tunnel



http://www.drogocrans.ch/horaires_de...transport_.htm

A not yet refurbished one



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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:21 PM   #62
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The lanes somehow look narrow, why that? I even think they are dangerously narrow, I would be affraid to drive on such narrow motorways.
They seem pretty standard width to me. Remember this is a high mountain road, and not some kind of ordinary highway across valleys
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Old April 10th, 2008, 01:56 PM   #63
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Actually I prefere to go by Grand St. Bernard tunnel
That's another option, but the tunnel is very expensive, whereas the pass is very long and slow.

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Anyway if you don't want to drive on Simplon pass (often closed in winther)
Really? I thought it was open all the time.

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Many years since last time I've been there, but I don't remember Domodossola-Simplon expressway that bad... surely it is an old expressway, while Domodossola-Sesto Calende highway (on Western coast of Lago Maggiore) is quite new and good for sure
I'm talking about the expressway SS33 between Domodossola and the A26 motorway. Actually it's not expressway and the speed limit is just 90 km/h (rightfully!), but it's 4-laned. It's also been some four years since I last drove there, but the pavement was absolutely awful. You couldn't drive more than 100 km/h. But the A26 motorway was fine.

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Old April 10th, 2008, 07:04 PM   #64
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Really? I thought it was open all the time.
Actually it is, but when it snows a lot you ought to have chains or even they can close it
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Old April 13th, 2008, 03:38 PM   #65
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Bernina Pass 2.328m

The Bernina pass runs from the vicinty of St Moritz to the Italian border region near Tirano. The pass is 2.328 meters high, and is considered one of the most beautiful in the Alps.

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Old June 17th, 2008, 11:49 PM   #66
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Splügenpass
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Old June 18th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #67
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Great pic! You don't want to have a crash over there.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 01:18 PM   #68
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I drove the Splügen once, this part is quite friendly comparing to the Italian side. Where you have tunnels with no light and roads along of cliffs.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #69
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Yeah, I've got the idea Switzerland has generally much safer roads than Italy.
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Which is not that hard.
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Currently 3 hour delays at the southbound A2 before the Gotthard tunnel.
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Currently 3 hour delays at the southbound A2 before the Gotthard tunnel.
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Holiday traffic?
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How do they regulate this tunnel? Some people say that it's just 1 lane per direction, others say that they swap every time so you have 2 lanes for 1 direction, and 0 for the other direction.
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Blockabfertigung.

To avoid traffic jams in the tunnel, they let the traffic through in groups. It's obvious that it's better to construct a second tube. But the Swiss choose to build a longer Gotthard railway tunnel.
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Yes, outrageous, if you ask me. They can build an almost 60-km railway tunnel, but not a 17-km road tunnel, which is much more needed IMO.
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Luckily we don't have these problems in the Netherlands
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^ You may not have these problems in the Netherlands, but you have them if you go to the seaside in Italy. :P
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Luckily we don't have these problems in the Netherlands
You'd think? We've built for billions of euros a HSR with eg a 7km tunnel, but we can't fill a 7km gap on one of dutch busiest motorways.
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