On December 15, Léman Express, the biggest cross-border network in Europe, will become operational between France and Switzerland.
Léman Express railway will link Geneva, Vaud cantons and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
The objective of this giant project is to allow the over one million residents on the two sides of the frontier to move easily to go to work, to discover the region or to continue their journey using the high-speed lines.
Every day, 630,000 journeys are made between France and Switzerland around Geneva, SNCF says on its official web page. Providing a connection between the two countries and linking the main districts of the cities, the transport network is a major alternative to personal cars. “It is our most important project this year together with Eole work site in Île-de-France” (Paris region), according to the representatives of the French state-owned company.
Investments of EUR 2.5 billion in Léman Express
This new transport offer will reunite 45 rail stations on a railway route of 230 km and there will be a daily number of 50,000 passengers using 240 trains that will be put into operation in Vaud and Geneva cantons in Switzerland and in Ain and Haute-Savoie in France.
“The project has all possible superlatives. Overall, EUR 2.5 billion were invested in brand new rail infrastructure works which reunite the already existing networks of the two countries, the construction of five new rail stations and the fleet of additional trains”, declared Guillaume Pepy, SNCF President.
To provide care-free journeys, Geneva and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region have set up a new tarrif offer which includes ten French and Swiss operators: Léman Pass. It includes individual one-journey tickets and passes for one day or one month. The later is also valid for trams, buses, coaches, as well as Geneva public transport boats.