ASSOCIATION «FRIENDS OF THE RELLERLI»
Freunde des Rellerli
IBAN: CH86 0634 2725 0622 5368 1
SB Saanen Bank, 3792 Saanen
When the Rellerli negotiations reached the point when it became clear that the old locations of the valley and mountain stations could be used for the new railway, the board members of the « Friends of the Rellerli » set up a small but powerful project team « Neu Rellerli ». We can count on the services of well-versed mountain railway specialists who have extensive experience in the matter.
The project manager is Raphael Reinle from Garaventa AG. Originally from Central Switzerland, he is very familiar with the conditions in the Bernese Oberland. He is also a member of the board of « Bergbahnen Adelboden ». He knows the Rellerli well and had already drawn up a first project for our association in 2018. The current project has been developed to meet the future requirements of the Rellerli, while at the same time building on the decades of experience of the cable car builder Garaventa.
How does Project manager Raphael Reinle assess the project status in October 2020? The project planning for « Neu Rellerli » is well advanced. The project is based on the best possible integration of the existing valley and mountain stations. It was also possible to define the railway system and the ideal line layout from an economic and operational perspective as well as with regard of the conservation of nature and landscape. The project organisation for the planning approval is on track. Discussions with the municipality, the landowners, the Federal Office of Transport and the cantonal agencies, as well as with various project partners, are underway or will be organised soon.
In the planning team we are organised in such a way that we can carry out several planning steps simultaneously, such as regulations for the railway corridor, the environmental report and the technical planning. We have determined the costs for the plan approval and these have now to be released in tranches so that the planning procedure can be further advanced with the specialists. If all the stages of spatial planning and approval can be completed within the usual deadlines and no objections hinder the project, it can be assumed that the mountain railway to the Rellerli can be reopened in December 2023! The best motivation for us is to be able to count on more than 1’000 « Friends of the Rellerli ». The « Neu Rellerli » will be a jewel for sustainable tourism and for strengthening the destination.
If you would like to support our efforts, kindly fill in the form below to join the association «Friends of the Rellerli». The annual membership fee is CHF 50.00.
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