Passengers will have a faster and more comfortable journey.
Faster, more frequent and more convenient connections as well as new and modernised rolling stock will considerably increase the transport quality on the north-south corridor.
Customers will also benefit from more seats. The improvements will take effect gradually from 2016 onwards and provide their full benefit from late 2020.
Since the end of 2016, for example, the journey from Zurich to Lugano has taken up to 25 minutes less than before. And when the Ceneri Base Tunnel is in operation too, you will be able to reach Lugano from Zurich in less than two hours. From the end of 2020, travel time between German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino will have decreased by up to an hour. In addition to long-distance traffic, regional traffic in Ticino will also be significantly increased, the connections between Lugano, Bellinzona and Locarno will be upgraded from late 2020 and travel times will be considerably shorter.
SBB will continue to operate the historic mountain route, which is popular with tourists, and help to boost and develop the tourism industry in the Gotthard region.