ELECTRICALLY-powered tilting trains will link München and Zürich in 3 h 15 min by 2015. Swiss Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger and his German counterpart Wolfgang Tiefensee signed up to this objective on February 15 in Memmingen, roughly midway between the two cities.

Upgrading and electrification of the route at 15 kV 16·7 Hz over the 178 km between Geltendorf and Lindau will cost €205m. To allow work to start in 2010, the Swiss government has agreed to advance €50m towards the project, while the Land of Bayern will contribute €55m. The lion's share of €100m will be paid by the German government which has undertaken to refund the Swiss payment and that from Bayern by 2025.