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Timetable change.

15 June 2014

Timetable change on 15 June 2014: SBB and ZVV are extending the S-Bahn service with the opening of the new Zurich cross-city link.

SBB and the Zurich Transport Network (ZVV) will be opening the first section of the Zurich cross-city link on 15 June 2014. From then onwards, trains on the S2, S8 and S14 lines will run from the new Löwenstrasse underground through-station to Oerlikon via the Weinberg tunnel. As well as reducing the journey time on these lines, this will involve changes to departure times. In addition, SBB is optimising the way rolling stock is deployed on the Zurich S-Bahn network to make the timetable even more reliable. Long-distance services will also benefit from the timetable change as it will allow more trains to run from Zurich main station out to Grisons and towards Ticino and Milan, with more reliable departure and arrival times.

In just under a month’s time, SBB and the Zurich Transport Network (ZVV) will open the first section of the Zurich cross-city link, including Löwenstrasse station and the Weinberg tunnel. The official opening will be celebrated with various events for local residents and the general public. Following the introduction of an updated timetable on the morning of Sunday, 15 June 2014, the S-Bahn lines S2, S8 and S14 will run via Löwenstrasse station (platforms 31 to 34), no longer stopping at Zürich Wipkingen. Since the trains on these lines will no longer have to turn round at Zurich main station, their journey times will be shorter, which is why the departure and changeover times are being altered. The travel time on the S8 line between Zurich main station and Winterthur, for example, will be reduced by four minutes. With an overall journey time of 24 minutes, this connection will therefore now provide a faster service between Zurich and Winterthur than the long-distance trains.

On the western side of Lake Zurich, the new timetable will offer connections every 15 minutes between Zurich and Wädenswil, for example, as well as a faster half-hourly service on the Zurich–Pfäffikon SZ–Ziegelbrücke route. This is partly due to the GlarnerSprinter, which, under the new timetable, will operate an hourly service between Zurich and Linthal as line S25, with a stop in Wädenswil.

Trains on the S2 line will now run as far as Unterterzen on weekends all year round, but will no longer stop at Bilten, Reichenburg and Schübelbach-Buttikon except during off-peak times. These stops will now be served by the S27 line instead, which operates between Ziegelbrücke and Siebnen-Wangen. The S2 service will also be replaced by S16 on the section between Zurich Airport and Effretikon.

Furthermore, line S21 is being replaced by S24, which runs a half-hourly service from Zug and Baar to Zürich Oerlikon and will now serve Zürich Wipkingen, too.

Extended bus service on the western shore of Lake Zurich.

The extended services brought about by the opening of the Zurich cross-city link are not just restricted to the S-Bahn network, however. To ensure that ZVV can continue providing non-stop, streamlined transport lines, the bus service on the western shore of Lake Zurich is also being coordinated with the new S-Bahn timetable. This means that the departure times for most bus lines in the Zimmerberg region will change as of 15 June 2014. At the same time, the bus service is being extended and consolidated, with additional connections in the evenings and on Sundays in particular. Passengers will therefore benefit from even more direct links to the S-Bahn services in their region. New, larger articulated buses have also been brought in to help cope with rising passenger numbers.

State-of-the-art rolling stock for the S5 line.

By optimising the deployment of rolling stock, SBB is taking a significant step towards improving punctuality on the Zurich S-Bahn network. In future, rolling stock with large, ground-level entrance areas, which allow fast acceleration and passengers to board and alight quickly to help make up time in the event of any delays, will be used consistently on the lines with the largest passenger volumes, for example. Modern, second-generation double-deck multiple-unit trains (DTZ) with low floors will therefore run on the S5 line from 15 June 2014 onwards. Meanwhile, first-generation double-deck push-pull trains (DPZ), which have been substantially renovated with a low-floor coach added, will operate on the S7 and S14 lines in future.

Second-generation DTZ trains will also be used on line S6, which is swapping rolling stock with line S8, as of the timetable change in December 2014. This move will benefit the entire Zurich S-Bahn network.

Long-distance services also to be extended.

Long-distance connections are also set to benefit from the timetable change in June: SBB is extending its services between Zurich and Chur, for example, while the InterCity trains which depart on the hour from Zurich and on the half-hour from Chur will now operate continuously at two-hour intervals instead of being restricted to peak times only. This will offer passengers another InterCity connection every two hours in addition to the hourly InterCity or EuroCity services.

The new timetable to be introduced in June 2014 allows for longer journey times and longer changeover times in Milan and Zurich, which will make the EuroCity connections on the Zurich–Milan line more punctual. Trains to Milan will leave Zurich main station 30 minutes later, approximately on the half-hour (xx.32 instead of xx.09), and will now arrive in Milan at 35 minutes past the hour (instead of 50 minutes past the hour). This gives passengers an extra 15 minutes to change over to the Italian high-speed rail network. The EuroCity trains from Milan to Zurich will run 90 minutes later, with the first train leaving Milan at 08.25 (instead of 07.10) and the last train departing at 20.25 (instead of 19.10). The new departure times for the EuroCity connections also mean that a half-hourly service will run between Zurich and Lugano every two hours.

More information about the cross-city link project and the opening ceremony can be found at:

14 December 2014

New trains for the Gotthard railway and new S40 line for Ticino.

Passengers can look forward to better-quality journeys from 14 December 2014. To coincide with the new timetable, eight new ETR610 trains will enter into service on the Gotthard railway, replacing the first-generation electric tilting trains (ETR470), which are being retired. In Ticino, 14 December 2014 will also see the opening of the new station at Stabio and the new S40 line, which will link Albate-Camerlata and Stabio via Mendrisio. Other timetable adjustments as of December will be minor, although the timetables are set to change significantly on the opening of the Zurich Cross-City Link in mid-June 2014.

More comfortable rolling stock going south.

New rolling stock will bring passengers a new level of comfort from this December onwards: the first of the eight second-generation ETR610 trains commissioned will arrive on the Gotthard railway to replace the old ETR470s. SBB and Trenitalia will also be putting on numerous extra services to Milan between 1 May and 31 October 2015 to coincide with the international EXPO Milano exposition. Each day, four (rising to five from August onwards) supplementary trains seating around 2,500 passengers will be put on specially, running between all regions of Switzerland and Milan’s Rho Fiera station and back. Visitors will therefore be able to travel to the exposition and home again in a day.

Work on the Simplon line.

Due to the important and extensive work taking place on the Simplon line (including on the St Moritz, Burier and Sierre tunnels), Lenk station will see a limited service in 2015, consisting of one InterRegio and one or two regional trains per hour in both directions. This work is being done to allow double-decker trains to run in Valais.

Ticino to get a new station and a new line.

In Ticino, the new station at Stabio and the new regional S40 line will both enter into service in December 2014. The S40 will provide a direct link between Albate–Camerlata/Como–Mendrisio–Stabio at peak times and will be the first step towards a fully opened new cross-border line between Mendrisio and Varese, which will also connect Varese with Ticino’s main towns and cities once it is complete on the Italian side. Despite only being partially operational, the S40 is already to be shown as a complete line on the new timetable. Mendrisio station will thus become an interchange between the S10 and the S40, linking Stabio up to Ticino’s rail network as well.

30% more services in the Fribourg region.

Following the introduction of the RE service running Bern–Fribourg–Romont–Palézieux/Bulle and half-hourly trains between Fribourg and Bulle, the second stage of the regional RER Fribourg I Freiburg line will open in December 2014: from Mondays to Fridays, trains will run every 30 minutes between Fribourg and Romont and between Fribourg, Payerne and Yverdon-les-Bains, where it will be possible to change for Lausanne. The “Basse-Broye” bus lines are to be reorganised and aligned with the new RER Fribourg I Freiburg services. The new Fribourg/Freiburg Poya station is also set to open its doors, while the S1 line from Bern to Fribourg will stop additionally at Bern Ausserholligen from 27 April 2015 onwards.