Starting on December 14th, Lyria will start running a train in the afternoon from Lausanne to the French capital via Geneva.
Currently, four high-speed trains link the Vaud capital with Paris via Vallorbe (in the canton of Vaud) but only in the morning and the evening.
The new link will take four hours and four minutes, versus a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes for the three morning and one evening trains travelling through Vallorbe.
Lyria, which is jointly owned by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and France’s state-owned SNCF, is this year celebrating its 30th year of TGV service between Lausanne and Paris.
The company also announced its would be scrapping its TGV Méditerranée between Geneva and Montpellier, France as of December 14th.
Meanwhile, it plans a new TGV service from Geneva to Lille to connect with the Eurostar to London, Lausanne newspaper 24heures reported online.
In related news, SBB announced this week that Lausanne train station became the latest to offer free WiFi service for Internet connections, along with stations in Bienne (in the canton of Bern), Sion (in the canton of Valais) and Solothurn.
This brings to 41 the number of stations equipped with WiFi access under a process begun in September 2013.
By the end of the year, 50 stations across the country will offer the service.
For a list of the stations offering WiFi, check www.cff.ch/wifi
Tip for travellers: Lyria is continuing to offer a reduced-price for return same day travel between Paris and Geneva and Paris-Basel.
The price is 49 euros for second class and 99 euros for first class, subject to available seating, until December 31st.