Half an hour faster to the south.
Press release, 30.05.2016
This year’s timetable change on 11 December will be heavily influenced by the opening of the new Gotthard Tunnel, which will reduce the duration of journeys on the north–south axis. A new touristic service will go into operation on the mountain route. In general, there will be minor changes and improvements in the individual regions. SBB Cargo will be modernising its production and range of services concept for freight.
At the end of 2016, travel times from north to south will become shorter – initially byaround 30 minutes – thanks to the new Gotthard Base Tunnel. Further travel-timereductions will be achieved after the Ceneri Base Tunnel goes into operation. Thistunnel is scheduled to open at the end of 2020, when customers travelling betweenGerman-speaking Switzerland and Italy will benefit from the full reduction in traveltime of approximately 60 minutes. Passengers travelling to southern Ticino will get totheir destinations around 45 minutes faster than today. From the end of 2020, trainsbetween German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino will operate every half hour insteadof every hour, while trains between Zurich and Milan will run every hour ratherthan every two hours.
New touristic service on the mountain route.
SBB Cargo to modernise its range of services.
SBB Cargo is also working with customers to modernise its production and range ofservices concept for wagonload freight operations. The company accounts for 25percent of all road/rail transport volume in Switzerland, which means it plays a veryimportant role in the logistics supply chains of Swiss firms. Wagonload freight is andwill remain a strategic core business area, one that will be strengthened for the longterm by two components. First of all, three new processing phases at the marshallingyards will allow today’s capacities to be distributed over 24 hours instead of beingconcentrated in just a few peak periods. This will also enable better use of the railinfrastructure. Secondly, SBB Cargo will launch a booking system for customerswhen the timetable change comes into effect, allowing them to reserve specific collectionand delivery times and receive binding confirmation.
Other changes Long-distance services.
- InterRegio trains on the Lausanne–Sion–Brig line will stop more frequently inBex and Leuk.
- The service on the Biel/Bienne–Delémont–Basel SBB line leaving Basel SBBat 6:03 will now consist of two InterCity tilting trains, which means passengerswill have twice as many seats as before.
- The InterRegio departing Bern at 4:21 will now stop in Zurich main station aswell, rather than just at Zurich Airport. This means that a new early connectionto Zurich main station will be available from Bern, Olten and Aarau.
- Introduction of an hourly service for the S25 Muri–Brugg line; timetable adjustmentsfor the S23 Lenzburg–Brugg line.
- The S20 will be extended from Castione to Biasca, and to Airolo during peakhours.
- New hourly RegioExpress from Erstfeld to Bellinzona; some trains will travelon further to Lugano and Milano Centrale.
- Expansion of service with three additional trains in the evening on the S99 Lucerne–Hochdorf line.
- Champ-du-Moulin station on the Neuchâtel–Buttes line will now be servedhalf-hourly during the week.
Additional adjustments and changes may still be made; discussions with orderers arecurrently underway.
Still a large number of building sites
- Léman 2030.
Extensive engineering work continues between Renens VD and Lausanne aspart of the Léman 2030 project. (www.sbb.ch/en/leman2030Link opens in new window.)
- Winterthur hub.
SBB is implementing various building projects as part of the Winterthur stationcapacity increase. From the end of 2018, customers will benefit from a greaternumber of connections and longer trains. (www.sbb.ch/zuerich-winterthurLink opens in new window.)
- Bern/Aarau/Basel triangle.
Building work for the FBS Future Bern Station project will begin in early 2017and last until 2025. (www.sbb.ch/en/group/the-company/projects/upgrading-the-rail-network/projects-in-the-mittelland-region-and-the-ticino/fbs.htmlLink opens in new window.). With the expansion to four tracks on the Olten–Aarau line (Eppenberg Tunnel), theSwiss Confederation and SBB are eliminating one of the biggest bottlenecksin the Mittelland region. The project encompasses the new three-kilometreEppenberg Tunnel and extensive measures for the connection to the tunnelbetween Olten and Aarau. (www.sbb.ch/eppenbergLink opens in new window.).
- North–south, in particular Ticino.
In order for customers to benefit fully from the Gotthard axis, SBB is improvingthe access routes to the base tunnels and, by 2020, will complete a continuousfour-metre corridor from Basel to the Italian border. This will requirearound 20 tunnels to be upgraded and 80 modifications to be made to platforms,rail power and signalling installations and overpasses between now and2020. (www.sbb.ch/en/group/the-company/projects/upgrading-the-railnetwork/projects-in-the-mittelland-region-and-the-ticino/4-metre-corridor.htmlLink opens in new window.)
2017 timetable available at fahrplanentwurf.ch
Illustrations can be found at www.sbb.ch/mediacornerLink opens in new window.