All Switzerland articles – Page 2

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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 ...

  • SBB Cargo said it regretted the court’s decision.
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    Passengers prevail over freight in capacity allocation dispute

    2019-06-10T09:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The need to provide a minimum level of network capacity for freight operators should not be understood in absolute terms, but instead all relevant interests need to be weighed up, the Federal Administrative Court has ruled in a dispute about train paths. As a result, its says the needs ...

  • SBB Cargo plans to trial automated brake tests for freight trains by the end of the year as it makes headway in its efforts to digitalise its wagonload business.
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    SBB Cargo makes progress in wagonload automation

    2019-06-05T10:12:23Z

    SWITZERLAND: SBB Cargo plans to trial automated brake tests for freight trains by the end of the year as it makes headway in its efforts to digitalise its wagonload business. The operator has been trialling autocouplers on 130 wagons used on dedicated intermodal shuttles for more than a year, Project ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways is examining options for reintroducing overnight services in partnership with Austrian Federal Railways.
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    SBB looks at options to reintroduce night trains

    2019-06-03T11:56:27Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways is examining options for reintroducing overnight services to a range of European destinations. Armin Weber, Head of International Passenger Services, told Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen on May 30 that SBB had identified a market need and was looking at potential routes. If SBB decided to re-enter ...

  • Mountain railway and cable car operator Rigi Bahnen AG has awarded Stadler a contract to supply six two-car low-floor rack electric multiple-units for entry into service from autumn 2021.
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    Rigi rack railway operator orders EMUs

    2019-05-29T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Mountain railway and cable car operator Rigi Bahnen AG has awarded Stadler a contract to supply six two-car low-floor rack electric multiple-units for entry into service from autumn 2021. The contract signed on May 22 is worth SFr38m, including spare parts. The Bhe4/6 EMUs are intended to replace ...

  • Montreux-Oberland Bahn is on course to launch its long-planned through-service between Montreux and Interlaken on December 13 2020
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    MOB’s gauge-changing bogies pass test

    2019-05-21T08:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Montreux-Oberland Bahn is on course to launch its long-planned through-service between Montreux and Interlaken on December 13 2020, following the completion of tests with specially-developed dual-gauge bogies and a gauge-changing facility at the break of gauge in Zweisimmen. Announcing the success of the trials during a demonstration of ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways ran the first passenger-carrying service with one of its new Stadler Giruno trainsets on May 8 (Photo: SBB).
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    SBB’s Giruno enters passenger service

    2019-05-09T12:09:11Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways ran the first passenger-carrying service with one of its new Stadler Giruno trainsets on May 8, operating from Zürich HB to Erstfeld and then Basel SBB. Stadler is supplying 29 of the 11-car low-floor articulated trainsets under a SFr970m contract signed in October 2014. There are ...

  • Stadler is supplying 10 Tramlink vehicles to BLT for use on the Waldenburgerbahn.
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    Stadler signs Waldenburgerbahn contract

    2019-04-29T10:23:07Z

    SWITZERLAND: Baselland Transport and Stadler Rail signed a contract on April 26 for the supply of 10 Tramlink Be 6/8 vehicles to operate on the Waldenburgerbahn. The contract signing follows BLT’s approval on April 17 of a SFr54m credit line to support the purchase. The vehicles have been ordered ...

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    Capricorn EMU unveiled by Rhätische Bahn and Stadler

    2019-04-16T10:11:36Z

    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn’s first Capricorn electric multiple-unit was unveiled at Stadler’s Altenrhein factory on April 15. The metre-gauge EMUs are branded with the Romansh name for the Alpine ibex which appears on the arms of canton Graubünden. They are scheduled to be delivered in 2019-22. The SFr361m order ...

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    Hupac looks to automate route planning

    2019-04-13T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Intermodal freight operator Hupac is to automate its route planning and traffic management processes using sensor data and analytics provided by ETH Zürich spin-off company Nexiot. Hupac has previously equipped wagons with Nexiot sensors which provide information on their location, impact events, border crossings and mileage every 5 min. ...

  • Trading of Stadler Rail shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange began on April 12.
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    Stadler Rail lists on SIX Swiss Exchange

    2019-04-12T09:23:55Z

    SWITZERLAND: Trading of Stadler Rail shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange began on April 12. The offer price for the initial public offering was set at SFr38 per share, in the upper half of the announced price range of SFr33 to SFr41. This values the base offer at SFr1·33bn and ...

  • The first completed electric multiple-unit for the future Léman Express cross-border regional passenger service between Genève in Switzerland and destinations in France was unveiled at Alstom’s Reichshoffen factory.
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    Léman Express cross-border EMU unveiled

    2019-04-11T10:58:26Z

    EUROPE: The first completed Alstom electric multiple-unit for the Léman Express cross-border regional passenger service between Genève in Switzerland and destinations in France was unveiled at the manufacturer's Reichshoffen factory on April 10. SNCF has ordered 17 EMUs from Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent family, known as Régiolis by the operator. The ...

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    Stadler announces IPO details and plans April 12 listing

    2019-03-29T14:56:59Z

    SWITZERLAND: Stadler Rail announced the launch of its initial public offering and published its offering memorandum on March 29. This comes ahead of the start of the bookbuilding process on April 1 and the listing and first day of trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange on April 12. The IPO ...

  • Stadler has announced plans for an initial public offering and listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
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    Stadler announces IPO plan

    2019-03-19T10:14:33Z

    SWITZERLAND: Plans for an initial public offering and listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange were announced by rolling stock manufacturer Stadler on March 19. The IPO is planned for ‘the coming months’, subject to market conditions. It would consist entirely of secondary shares held directly and indirectly by Executive Chairman ...

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    SBB joins openETCS Foundation

    2019-02-25T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Swiss Federal Railways has become the 18th member of the openETCS Foundation, which provides a platform to exchange experience and jointly initiate train control and automation projects using open source software and open innovation concepts. Other members include railway operators such as DB, NS and SNCF, plus the UK’s ...

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    SBB Cargo stands alone

    2019-01-21T09:06:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The ‘gradual separation’ of freight activities from the national railway operator has taken a further step, with SBB Cargo AG being managed as an independent company within the SBB Group since the start of the year. This is intended to pave the way for the introduction of third-party participation ...