Traffic on the Lausanne-Geneva route has doubled between 2000 and 2010, increasing from 25,000 to 50,000 passengers per day. According to SBB predictions, it will double once more between 2010 and 2030, increasing from 50,000 to 100,000 passengers. To be sustainable, SBB's response to the population's mobility requirements called for a large-scale project.
Within this context, the cantons of Vaud and Geneva, the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) and SBB have a common objective – to double the seating capacity of services between Lausanne and Geneva and provide quarter-hourly Vaud and France-Vaud-Geneva RER services by 2030. The implementation of these objectives depends not only upon investment in new rolling stock, but also infrastructure development. Lausanne and Geneva stations, which are currently saturated at rush hour, will see considerable changes, with new access and transit structures and also new commercial services.
Work starts at the first construction site in Lausanne.
Start of a new stage in the Léman 2030 project in Lausanne. Construction work on the new interlocking system got underway on 20 June 2016. The aim of this particular project is to create both a new technical building and a new underground tunnel for cables, thereby allowing the railway hub in Vaud to be fitted with computerised equipment for controlling points and signals. This work, which is a vital prerequisite for the project to expand the infrastructure at Lausanne station, is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The putting into service of these intelligent railway systems in Lausanne and Renens represents key stages in the scheme to improve mobility throughout the canton of Vaud. The new interlocking system in Lausanne is a vital element in the plan to operate an RER Vaud service between Cossonay and Cully every 15 minutes by 2020.