S-Bahn St. Gallen.
With the S-Bahn St. Gallen, the canton of St. Gallen, SBB, the Südostbahn and Thurbo are investing in a major expansion of regional rail traffic.
The goal is to extend the St. Gallen S-Bahn quickly and on schedule based on the new St. Gallen and Sargans hubs. This will facilitate half-hourly services on the principal routes throughout the canton and ensure that the necessary infrastructure upgrades are completed by the time the new timetable changes are introduced in December 2013.
A number of factors have an influence on the implementation of the S-Bahn St. Gallen: political decisions, the release of financial resources and the availablity of new rolling stock. Ultimately, the entire project is dependent on two large projects: "Connecting Switzerland with the European high-speed rail network" (HSR-connection) and "Future development of rail infrastructure" (ZEB).
To ensure that the S-Bahn St. Gallen can get started, the following work must be undertaken for the stations and track installations listed below (work begins from 2011).
The total investment for SBB projects amounts to around CHF 50 million. The financing for this comes from the infrastructure fund of the Federal Government and canton of St. Gallen.
In additon to this, the S-Bahn St. Gallen benefits from investments in large national and regional projects, which are in part already under construction. The synergies that arise from these can be utilised to save costs.
Upgrades for connections to the European high-speed rail network (HSR-C):
Upgrades for the future development of the rail infrastructure (ZEB):