A new generation of cross-border services in the Geneva region.
A new generation of services with LEMAN Express.
The future LEMAN Express will be a great boost for mobility, whether it’s used for work, study or tourism. It will connect 45 stations across 230 km of lines on both sides of the French-Swiss border.
Why is it called the LEMAN Express? In June 2015, the cantons of Vaud and Geneva and the Rhône-Alpes region of neighbouring France organised a large-scale consultation process to allow the population of the Franco-Valdo-Genevan basin to choose the name that they felt best represented them. Out of the names proposed, LEMAN Express was chosen by 41% of the 10,000 or so voters.
The aim of an RER is to provide a full and regular timetable based around urban centres such as Geneva and Annemasse. In the case of the LEMAN Express, six trains per hour will serve the heart of the network once the new CEVA (Cornavin–Eaux-Vives–Annemasse) line comes into operation in December 2019.
This new 16 km line will form the backbone of the LEMAN Express and will underpin its pivotal role in cross-border travel. From Annemasse, trains will serve stations in Evian-les-Bains, La Roche-sur-Foron, St-Gervais-les-Bains-Le-Fayet and Annecy.
A range of scenarios are currently being developed to allow the LEMAN Express to be opened in stages. From December 2017, Coppet, Geneva and Lancy-Pont-Rouge will be linked by train every 15 minutes, with the entire network expected to open in December 2019.
The LEMAN Express is a project being managed in partnership with the SNCF, the cantons of Vaud and Geneva and the region of Rhône-Alpes.
You can find more information on the future RER network and the CEVA projects at the following links:
Flirt is a German acronym, which stands for Flinker Leichter Innovativer Regional Triebzug. In English, it signifies a multiple unit for regional services that is fast, lightweight and innovative. Flirt France means that these multiple units can operate on both sides of the border because they can adapt to handle the different electric currents used on the Swiss and French networks.
Composed of four vehicles, these multiple units have been in use on the Geneva–La Plaine–Bellegarde line since 25 August 2014. They offer easy access for people with reduced mobility, a spacious interior, air conditioning, security cameras and a state-of-the-art information system.
24 first-class seats
132 second-class seats
49 folding seats
Standing room for 141 with hrandrails
23 Flirt France multiple units have been ordered to meet the needs of the future LEMAN Express network in Switzerland. This fleet will be rounded off with 17 Régiolis CEVA multiple units supplied by our French partners. These 40 trains will cover the entire network, which will be fully up and running following the opening of the new CEVA (Cornavin–Eaux-Vives–Annemasse) line in December 2019.