Good news for rail travellers

Rail commuters will enjoy a better service next year, the Federal Railways announced on Thursday in a preview of the timetable that comes into force in December.

This content was published on May 22, 2008 - 10:49

It is increasing the number of trains between the main cities at peak times, and also making them longer to carry more passengers. There will be more frequent services in the evening on some main lines.

Weekend trips to the southern holiday canton of Valais will become easier with the introduction of more and longer trains.

Tilting trains are being introduced to cut travel times between Zurich, Basel and Geneva to Milan, and also between Basel and Lugano.

Federal Railways is also improving its information service: as of now, customers will be able to check timetables and delays in real time over their mobiles.

The railways are planning to invest more than SFr11 billion ($10.5 billion) in rolling stock for intercity traffic and SFr8 billion for regional lines in the period up to 2030.

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