Geneva 2030 rail expansion project begins

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Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has launched a CHF 3 billion project to double the capacity of the railway between Lausanne and Geneva over the next 15 years.

Geneva 2030, described by SBB as “the biggest railway project in the next decade”, will significantly improve rail services in the cantons of Vaud and Geneva.

One of the key elements of the project is a CHF 1.2 billion expansion of Geneva Cornavin station, which is set to be delivered by 2025.

SBB is also at the start of CHF 20 billion investment in new rolling stock. Last week, the company announced that it had agreed a revised delivery schedule with Bombardier for 59 double-deck intercity trains. The new eight-car trains will enter service on the St Gallen–Zurich–Berne–Geneva corridor from 2017.

As a precursor to the introduction of the new trains, the project will create 400 metres of new sidings at Paleyres and platform extension works at Lausanne station. Preparatory works have already begun on the renewal of the signalling systems in Renens and the construction of a fourth track between Renens and Lausanne.

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