New rail record set

Swiss Federal Railways carried a record number of passengers in the first half of 2008, according to rail chief Andreas Meyer.

This content was published on June 29, 2008 minutes

Meyer told the Aarau-based newspaper Sonntag that the figure had risen by about five per cent in comparison with the same period in 2007, with some 900,000 passengers per day.

He said that although the railways carried an extra 1.5 or two million extra passengers during the Euro 2008 period, these additional numbers had not made much difference to the overall figure.

However, he welcomed the success of the Euro 2008.

"Our optimistic expectations were exceeded," he said, adding that Federal Railways had run more than 4,000 extra trains to cope with the demand.

Federal Railways is the major provider of passenger rail transport in Switzerland, operating most of the major lines. It is complemented by a number of smaller regional companies.

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