Find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Coronavirus notice: Work on our construction sites has recommenced, in line with the Confederation’s public health instructions. Construction work on the national rail network is currently being replanned. The new deadlines for construction works will be published as soon as possible.
Léman 2030 is an infrastructure programme organised by SBB that will double the seating capacity on journeys between Lausanne and Geneva and increase train frequency to every 15 minutes on the RER Vaud (Cully–Cossonay) and the Léman Express (Coppet–Geneva–Annemasse).
The developments associated with Léman 2030 will allow us to bring you the following benefits between Lausanne and Geneva:
More people than ever are using the Geneva–La Plaine line, which is part of the Léman Express. For this reason, we need to increase capacity on this line, so that we can offer you more seating, greater travel comfort and improved access.
All the stations will be modernised and modified to accommodate trains that are twice as long as the current ones.
In order to provide more room for introducing new services and to make it possible to offer even greater travel comfort and safety to passengers at Geneva-Cornavin, we are building two underground tracks leading from/towards Lausanne, which will provide access to a central underground platform underneath the present Cornavin station.
In order to conclude the extension project at Geneva-Cornavin station, a vital interchange between Switzerland and France and a key freight transport hub, three advance upgrades are required:
Construction of a new electronic interlocking system, a new train cleaning station and a new maintenance base for the network
Construction of sidings on the Vernier-Meyrin Cargo site
Construction of a 400-metre track for parking construction site trains at the Geneva-La Praille site
We have built two crossings at Mies and Chambésy on the Coppet–Geneva–Lancy-Pont-Rouge line so that we can place the Léman Express in service at intervals of 15 minutes.
These two stations were completed in June 2018 and allow trains to cross over the platform, meaning that train frequency can be increased to every quarter of an hour.
Barrier-free travel is essential for enjoying an active social life. Our aim is for passengers with reduced mobility to be using SBB’s services without any discrimination and be able to travel as independently as possible by the end of 2023. SBB is therefore making lots of adjustments to trains, stations and passenger information to ensure its customers can travel independently. This is the case for Rolle, Allaman, Morges and Nyon rail stations, which will undergo a transformation. Modifications will also be made at other regional stations such as Versoix or Les Tuileries.
This project will enable freight trains to enter and leave Lausanne marshalling yard without disrupting the flow of passenger trains. This new track will connect to Morges station and will enable new services to be introduced by 2030.
We are building a passing track for freight traffic between Coppet and Founex. This new track will guarantee the proper running of traffic while allowing passenger trains to travel without having to slow down.
The safety and traffic management installations (interlocking systems) between Lausanne and Geneva have reached the end of their lives and must be replaced.
These installations need to be renewed before Lausanne, Renens and Geneva rail stations can be extended. The safety installations and signalling equipment will be completely renewed.
These measures are a top priority for improving national and regional rail services.
We are modernising Renens station in order to transform it into a modern interface for public transport. Its improved accessibility will give people with impaired mobility and people with pushchairs or suitcases easy access to the platforms and trains. On top of this, the station will become a major interchange between trains, the subway, the future tram line (T1) and buses. Human-powered mobility will also have a place at the new station thanks to the "Rayon Vert" footbridge which will span the tracks.
We are adding a fourth track between Lausanne and Renens. This will enable us to increase the traffic volume between Lausanne and Renens, the densest region in Western Switzerland. It is also essential to improving the services of RER Vaud (Cully–Cossonay).
The flyover is a railway viaduct situated between Renens and Prilly-Malley that will allow trains to pass over other railway tracks without crossing conflicts with other convoys. This new structure will enable us to develop national services (St-Gall–Geneva Airport) and regional services (RER Vaud).
Reconstructing the underpass on Avenue du Léman is a solution that will enable us to harmonise road and rail traffic. By widening it and increasing its size, we are creating space for three modes of transport (pedestrians, bicycles and cars) to travel in both directions. The underpass is being extended to cross all the railway tracks, including the fourth track and the flyover.
We are revitalising Lausanne station to transform it into a key mobility hub.
With a range of services and shopping facilities, Lausanne rail station will provide public transport users with a well-developed and attractive space. It will be more welcoming, comfortable and accessible for all passengers and users.
The precise timescales for the project and the various improvements for customers will be able to be specified once relevant planning permission has been obtained.
We are extending the parking area at Paleyres by adding two new tracks and lengthening another. These three new tracks will enable long-distance trains of greater lengths (400 m) to be parked.
This measure is a priority because it is essential for improving national and international services.
All projects from development and modernisation to maintenance of the track network between Geneva and Lausanne are part of Léman 2030.
However, Léman 2030 also involves projects around the railway hubs of Lausanne, Renens and Geneva.
One of our biggest challenges is finding the right balance between operation, maintenance and construction. Trains will still be running in all the areas where construction sites are planned. This means that railway services will continue.
However, there may be some changes during the various phases of the work. For this reason, we recommend that you check the timetable on sbb.ch or the SBB Mobile app before commencing your journey.
SBB does not provide copies of the documents relating to the public consultation to third parties. If you wish to obtain these documents, please contact the Federal Office of Transport (FOT), which is the federal authority for matters concerning construction permits.
We sometimes use an alarm horn or alarm device to announce oncoming trains while work is being carried out. These alarms are mandatory for safety reasons, as they protect the people working on the track. They must be present at all construction sites that are active while trains are in operation (with the trains running alongside the construction site).
We would like to assure you that we are taking all the necessary steps to limit noise pollution from the alarms on our construction sites where the applicable safety regulations allow us to do so.
Our work must be carried out in accordance with a federal directive concerning construction site noise. This directive does not specify specific limit values for the noise, but sets out a number of measures intended to reduce the disruption. With this in mind, we aim to keep construction site noise to the lowest level that is reasonable and economically viable.
Depending on the type of work being carried out, dust pollution may be generated.
The Ordinance on Air Pollution Control (OAPC) characterises "excessive" emissions as those exceeding 200 mg of dust per m2 and per day.
Where construction work could generate a significant quantity of dust, appropriate measures will be taken by a specialist office commissioned by SBB during the construction phase.
Visit cff.ch/travaux for details of the work that is being carried out overnight in your region.
You can select the region(s) that you are interested in to sign up for direct e-mail notifications of upcoming engineering work.
Date(s) on which the construction work was carried out by SBB
Photo of the damage
Contact details (full name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number)
SBB has a construction permit from the Federal Office of Transport and from the relevant cantons for the construction work that it is carrying out. This permit includes authorisation to generate noise emissions within the limits set out in the consultation documentation. Therefore, SBB cannot consider compensation claims relating to noise associated with its construction work. According to the jurisprudence of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, homeowners or tenants must generally tolerate temporary disruptions caused by construction work on SBB's infrastructure installations, as well as the noise associated with operation of the railway, without entitlement to compensation.
To provide additional protection for residents, SBB erects noise barriers in densely populated areas. There are currently around 372 kilometres of such barriers. If noise thresholds are exceeded despite the above measures, sound-insulating windows are installed. The cantons ensure this is done on a consistent basis.
Wherever possible, SBB aims to avoid taking up parking spaces for construction-related use. Where local conditions require, SBB may use part of a P+Rail area for installing its construction site. In such cases, SBB will look for a solution to make up for the parking spaces that are no longer available.
You can find the SBB timetable:
at the station (on the digital display boards or departure boards)
Servicing and maintenance work, which involves regular maintenance of the installations (e.g. replacing broken rails, repairing parts).
Renewal or remediation work, which involves replacing installations that are reaching the end of their service life and whose function will not change (e.g. replacing points or a contact line at the end of their service life).
Development or modernisation work, which involves making improvements, bringing installations in line with certain standards, installing new functions and developing our installations (e.g. building a new underpass, extending platforms, creating a new track, etc.).
You can obtain a bike ticket for bicycles that you bring with you. These tickets are valid on SBB services, private railways, post buses and various other public transport companies.
Barrier-free travel is essential for enjoying an active social life. Our aim is for passengers with reduced mobility to be using SBB’s services without any discrimination and be able to travel as independently as possible by the end of 2023. SBB is therefore making lots of adjustments to trains, stations and passenger information to ensure its customers can travel independently.
Passengers with impaired mobility may request assistance with access to trains at stations with support facilities.