Rerouting of Trams in Basel
Until the end of next week (September 25), tram traffic in the center of Basel will be somewhat chaotic due to several construction sites and festivals that necessitate rerouting of many tram lines. Thus, construction has already started on Centralbahnplatz in front of the SBB train station, additional construction will occur on Barfüsserplatz next week, and this weekend, the Flâneur Festival will take over the center of town. So if you are planning to go into or through town by tram this week and next, check the schedules and you may want to allocate more time than usual for your trip!
Construction at Centralbahnplatz
They have already begun to build a new tram tack on Centralbahnplatz. As a result, the tram traffic between Bahnhof SBB and Aeschenplatz is one-way only, and trams from the train station to Aeschenplatz are detoured. To get to from the Bahnhof SBB directly to Aeschenplatz, you either have to walk or take Tram 2 to Bankverein and then switch there to a tram towards Aeschenplatz. The image below lists the routes of the affected tram lines 8, 10, and 11. These changes are expected to be in effect until September 18.
Construction at Barfüsserplatz
From Tuesday, September 20, construction will affect the Barfüsserplatz area. They are working on the tunnel of the Birsig river that runs underneath Barfüsserplatz and are pairing some of the tram tracks. As a result, the routes of trams 1/14, 3, 6, 8, 11, 15, 16, and 17 are affected. These changes are expected to last for 5 days, until the end of service on Sunday, September 25 (2 days only for tram 3). The image below lists the routes of the affected tram lines.
The Flâneur Festival will take place in Basel from Thursday, September 15 to Saturday, September 17. On Thursday, Falknerstrasse will be closed to public traffic on Thursday from 16:00 and on Friday and Saturday from 17:00. So from then until the end of service on each of these days, trams 6, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 17 will be rerouted around the city center. The image below details the routes for the affected tram lines.
Note also that various bus lines will be rerouted on Sunday, September 18, for the SlowUp Basel-Dreiland event!