When will the Léman Express resume normal services in Switzerland?

Even though the border between Switzerland and France is now reopened, the normal schedule of the Léman Express is delayed until the end of August.

When will the Léman Express resume normal services in Switzerland?
Léman Express will not resume regular schedule until August 24th. Photo: AFP

The project of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and France's national train system SNCF, the Léman Express comprises a network of 45 stations and 230 kilometres of track, extending beyond the Geneva into Vaud as well as France.

Like many rail links in Switzerland and France, it stopped running when the borders between the two countries closed in mid-March.

But while some of its services resumed on May 11th, the Léman Express announced that it would not operate at full capacity before August 24th, according to its operating company, Lémanis.

The reason for this delay is that due to the health crisis, the company had to stop its efforts to resolve operating problems that had occurred before the pandemic, and suspended ongoing training for mechanics on the Swiss side.

Among the problems the company experienced since its launch on December 15th, 2019, were a strike by railway workers, technical hiccups, delays, and cancellations.

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Before the coronavirus crisis, the Léman Express transported 45,000 passengers a day, many of them cross-border workers commuting to their jobs in Switzerland. 

Since May 11th, the quarter-hourly service has been ensured between Coppet (VD) and Geneva-Cornavin, and between Geneva-Cornavin and Annemasse (F). However, the night service on these routes on Fridays and Saturdays has been eliminated. 

The Geneva-La Plaine and Geneva-Bellegarde (F) lines run on the usual schedule.

On the French side of the border, the service is close to normal, with some adjustments needed, especially at the start and end of the day.

Passengers from and to the stations between Coppet and Geneva who want to go beyond Geneva-Cornavin in the direction of France are encouraged to take the L1 (Coppet-Evian) and L3 (Coppet-St- Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet) lines.

However, the Geneva Public Transport network (TPG) announced that all of its cross-border buses and trams are resuming their regular service today.

Commuters from Geneva to the French regions of Veigy (zone 200), Annemasse (zone 210), St-Julien – including Collonges and Valleiry (zone 230), Pougny (zone 240), Pays-de-Gex (zone 250), Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le-Fayet, Thonon-Evian (zone 300), Annecy-Pringy-Groisy (zone 380), Valserhône (zone 400) and vice versa, need an annual subscription or a monthly Léman Pass.

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