Key changes to the 2021 timetable for the Mittelland region.
The Zurich–Munich EC service will now run six times a day in both directions from Zurich with connections to/from Bern (on the same platform). The Zurich–Munich journey takes around four hours.
IC1 services will now run as do the current IC5 services and will therefore stop at Zürich Oerlikon, Wil, Uzwil, Flawil and Gossau SG. (These stations will therefore now have a direct connection to Bern). Travelling on IC1 services from Bern to St. Gallen will therefore take 18 minutes longer.
For a fast and direct Bern–St. Gallen connection in 2 hours, a change at Zürich Löwenstrasse station is required (on the same platform area).
There will now be a total of 24 fast Bern–Zurich–St. Gallen connections (as opposed to the current 14 connections).
The majority of trains serving the IC1 route will be long-distance double deck trains.
The former Bern–Burgdorf–Olten RegioExpress will now operate as the InterRegio 17, operated by BLS. The former InterRegio 17 between Bern–Burgdorf–Olten–Zurich will now operate as the InterRegio 35.
S23 services between Langenthal and Olten will now be available on the weekend, in addition to the weekday services as before. This means that the Langenthal–Olten service can be provided daily at half hour intervals from 7am to 8pm.
There will be two pairs of trains running on Saturday and Sunday: between Olten–Aarau–Arth-Goldau in the morning and from Arth-Goldau to Aarau in the evening. The trains will run according to this schedule:
Departing Olten at 06:37 and 08:37 for arrival in Arth-Goldau at 07:41 and 09:41 respectively.
Departing Arth-Goldau at 17:23 and 19:23 for arrival in Aarau at 18:15 and 20:15 respectively.
All Olten–Wettingen REs will once again stop in Wildegg.
The S26 service from Olten–Schönenwerd will provide a connection to Zürich HB via the RegioExpress at Aarau (rather than Lenzburg as previously). The arrival and departure times for RegioExpress and InterRegio trains will change.
Evening trains Olten–Biel/Bienne.
Evening trains after 10pm between Olten and Biel/Bienne will now operate daily instead of only at the weekends.
22:53 from Biel/Bienne to Solothurn
23:11 from Olten to Solothurn–Biel/Bienne
23:16 from Solothurn to Olten
The S-Bahn in Aargau will provide more services and better connections. The S29 will now operate between Turgi–Aarau–Zofingen at half hour intervals from 5.30am to 10.30pm.
The S11 between Aarau–Zürich HB–Winterthur–Seuzach/Wila will now always stop in Othmarsingen. The additional S11 trains for peak hours will also operate daily instead of only on weekdays.
The S42 will stop only in Mägenwil (instead of Othmarsingen) since Othmarsingen has been permanently added as a stop on the S11 route in the direction of Zürich HB–Muri AG. In the direction of Muri–Zürich HB, the stops will remain the same as for the 2019 timetable: S42 trains will stop in Othmarsingen not in Mägenwil.
Stability measures for Bern and Zurich.
Certain critical connections between regional and long-distance services will no longer be offered in order to improve the timetable stability and punctuality in Bern and Zurich.
S23 stop in Dulliken.
Dulliken will initially only be served by S23 services at the weekend. This is due to construction work at Mägenwil station and subsequent construction work planned at Lenzburg station. Train speed must be limited for safety reasons. The extra travel time required for this means that the Dulliken stop cannot always be served. Buses between Dulliken and Däniken will operate as a replacement service, which will provide a connection to and from S23 services in Däniken.
Weissenstein tunnel redevelopment.
The Weissensteintunnel on the Solothurn–Moutier line is being redeveloped from mid-2021 until the end of 2022. Trains will operate only between Solothurn and Oberdorf SO during this time. Rail replacement buses will run between Moutier and Gänsbrunnen. In addition, express buses will run during peak hours to support the PostBus route 129 between Gänsbrunnen and Thalbrücke (Balsthal).
There will also be construction work in Bern station and rail hub in 2021. This will lead to train cancellations, diversions and changes to long-distance and regional services. In addition, platform changes and limited space on the platform area is to be expected.
Stabling sidings at Bern Bümpliz Süd.
In order to implement the planned expansion of regional and long-distance services in Bern, additional stabling sidings are required in Bümpliz Süd. SBB will be constructing this infrastructure on behalf of the Confederation, from January 2021 to May 2022. Due to the construction work, Bern Bümpliz Süd station will have to be closed completely on six weekends in 2021. In addition, the station will only be accessible to traffic within the limits of a single-track operation during two phases lasting several weeks. There will be major reductions to timetabled services and rail replacement services will be in operation.
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