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  • Gateway Basel Nord Dock 3
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    Gateway Basel Nord secures next phase funding but faces another legal setback

    2020-02-19T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Grand Council of Basel-Stadt voted on February 12 to approve funding for a loan worth SFr115∙53m to enable construction of a new basin forming part of the Gateway Basel Nord trimodal terminal to go ahead. Known as Dock 3, the 330 m long basin ...

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    Narrow gauge operator orders EMUs

    2020-01-10T15:53:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Chemin de Fer Nyon-Saint-Cergue-Morez has awarded Stadler a contract to supply six two-car electric multiple-units. Deliveries are scheduled between late 2021 and early 2022. The 1·5 kV DC EMUs will be similar to four Abe4/8 units which Stadler supplied to the 27 km long metre-gauge ...

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    Appenzeller Bahnen electro-diesel locomotives delivered

    2019-12-25T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Appenzeller Bahnen has taken delivery of two Stadler Gem 2/2 electro-diesel locomotives for use on its infrastructure maintenance trains. The two-axle metre-gauge locomotives were ordered at cost of SFr5·3m in March 2018 to replace 50-year old diesel-only locos. The 28 ...

  • BLS Cargo has called for better co-ordination of engineering works on the trans-Alpine corridors.
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    Freight coalition publishes Contingency Management handbook

    2019-12-20T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: In a bid to avoid the widespread disruption to international rail traffic which occurred following the tunnel collapse at Rastatt in August 2017, and to provide greater resilience for commercially sensitive traffic, a coalition of rail freight operators and industry associations has put together a Contingency ...

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    Léman Express launches cross-border operations

    2019-12-16T15:39:00Z

    EUROPE: The Léman Express cross-border suburban network serving Genève and Annemasse began regular operation on December 16, following a formal inauguration on December 12 and a weekend of public celebrations.

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    Swiss-German border railway modernisation agreed

    2019-10-03T13:15:00Z

    EUROPE: Officials from the Land of Baden-Württemberg, the canton of Basel and DB Netz gathered in Laufenburg on September 30 to agree a package of enhancements for the Hochrheinbahn route which links Basel with Singen via Schaffhausen. The railway straddles the border between Germany and ...

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    Swiss Combi buys stake in SBB Cargo

    2019-09-04T14:28:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Combi AG, a joint venture formed of four road transport and logistics companies in the private sector, has bought a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG for an undisclosed sum.

  • SBB Cargo has begun using a cloud-hosted version of IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail software to plan the deployment of around 320 locomotives and 2 200 employees each day.
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    SBB Cargo plans in the cloud

    2019-09-04T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: SBB Cargo has begun using a cloud-hosted version of IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail software to plan the deployment of around 320 locomotives and 2 200 employees each day. The supplier said its IVU.cloud package offered the operator scalability, with a secure connection enabling up to 150 people work ...

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    BLS and SBB agree to share long-distance concession

    2019-08-22T10:38:04Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways and BLS AG have reached ‘an amicable solution’ to share the operation of long-distance services, the Federal Ministry of Environment, Transport, Energy & Communication announced on August 22. This will enable BLS to re-enter the long-distance passenger market with effect from the December 2019 timetable change. ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Deutsche Bahn a contract to refurbish 93 Einheitswagen IV coaches (Photo: SBB).
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    DB to refurbish SBB coaches

    2019-08-22T09:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Deutsche Bahn a contract to refurbish 93 Einheitswagen IV coaches at its Wittenberge and Neumünster workshops from 2020. The first of the EW IV coaches were delivered to SBB in 1981, and they are expected to remain in service until the 2030s. The ...

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    SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

    2019-08-19T15:08:57Z

    EUROPE: Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced on August 19 that it intended to strengthen its long-term co-operation with Austria’s ÖBB and expand the provision of both daytime and overnight trains. Suggesting that increased awareness ...

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    Lausanne – Bercher EMU delivered

    2019-08-14T13:32:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Chemin de fer Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher has begun taking delivery of six three-car electric multiple-units being supplied by Stadler. The Be 4/8 EMUs ordered in 2017 are derived from the Worbla units which Stadler has supplied to Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn. The 23·6 km metre-gauge LEB route between Lausanne-Flon and ...

  • Teralytics was founded in 2012 as an ETH Zürich spin-off company and now has 56 employees and activities in 10 countries.
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    DB invests in mobile data analytics company

    2019-08-13T09:53:52Z

    SWITZERLAND: A company which uses mobile phone data to obtain information on travel demand has raised US$17·5m in a funding round with participants including Deutsche Bahn’s technology investment fund DB Digital Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Innogy Ventures, LBBW Venture Capital, Liil Ventures and existing investors Atomico and Lakestar. ...

  • SüdLeasing has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 20 Vectron multisystem electric locomotives for use by SBB Cargo International.
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    Vectrons ordered for Ceneri Base Tunnel services

    2019-07-22T10:21:37Z

    SWITZERLAND: Landesbank Baden-Württemberg subsidiary SüdLeasing has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 20 Vectron multisystem electric locomotives which will be operated by SBB Cargo International under a long-term leasing plan with a flexible term. The order announced on July 22 includes a full-serve maintenance agreement with Siemens Mobility ...

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    Prima H4 pre-series locos on test with SBB

    2019-07-12T12:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: A pre-series batch of five Prima H4 shunting locomotives has now been delivered to SBB for a year of in-service trials. Designated Aem940 by SBB, the locomotives will be used mainly at marshalling yards and for engineering possessions. In line with SBB’s fleet rationalisation efforts, the four-axle loco ...

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    SBB halts court battle with BLS

    2019-07-10T15:30:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has asked the Federal Administrative Court to suspend its appeal lodged in July 2018 against the decision by the Federal Office of Transport to allocate two routes in the national long-distance passenger service concession to BLS. The Bern – Biel and Bern – Burgdorf – ...

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    Westermo acquires Neratec

    2019-07-09T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Beijer Group company Westermo has acquired 100% of Neratec Solutions, which supplies wireless communication products for on-train and trackside applications. Bubikon-based Neratec has 25 employees and recorded sales of SFr6·5m in 2018. ‘The acquisition of Neratec will strengthen Westermo’s offering to the rail industry to include a strong wireless ...

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    Switzerland: Competitive stress

    2019-07-01T09:36:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways CEO Andreas Meyer believes that SBB could be forced into a position where it became a residual operator if the federal government were to pursue further its policy of on-rail competition. In an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung on May 29, ...

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    Switzerland approves SFr13bn infrastructure investment package

    2019-06-26T10:34:45Z

    SWITZERLAND: The upper house of Parliament ( Ständerat ) voted unanimously on June 21 in favour of a further phase of rail infrastructure expansion to eliminate bottlenecks, allow more frequent services and make stations more accessible. Worth SFr12∙89bn, the investment package known as STEP 2035 ( Strategische Entwicklungsprogramm Bahninfrastruktur ) ...

  • Expansion of Lausanne station is likely to involve substantial alterations to the urban realm around it.
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    Lausanne station to be rebuilt

    2019-06-13T10:02:17Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport has approved plans for Swiss Federal Railways to proceed with the reconstruction of Lausanne station. Announcing the decision on June 3, BAV said that the government would contribute SFr900m towards the SFr1∙3bn cost. The main objective is to extend the platforms to a ...