Key changes to the 2021 timetable for Western Switzerland.
IC1 Geneva–St Gallen.
New long-distance double-deck trains for most InterCity connections on the IC1 route between Genève-Aéroport and St. Gallen via Lausanne, Fribourg/Freiburg and Bern; up to 360 additional seats per journey.
Simplon Railway Lausanne–Brig.
There will be more double-deck trains improving our service offer on this route: up to 12 trains every day on weekdays, as opposed to 6 previously, can now be operated with double-deck capacity.
RER Vaud, extension to Aigle and changes to services.
From 13 December 2020, Aigle will be served at half hour intervals by RER Vaud trains on the S2 (Vallorbe–Aigle) and S5 (Grandson–Aigle) lines.
Our service offer is being expanded with a new train in the morning from Lausanne (departing 05:01) to Aigle. This train will call at Lausanne, Pully, Lutry, Cully, Vevey, La-Tour-de-Peilz, Burier, Clarens, Montreux, Villeneuve and Aigle.
The S5 will now operate between Grandson and Aigle instead of Grandson–Palézieux. New stop at Prilly-Malley from 5 April 2021; new direct connections between the Nord Vaudois area and the Riviera. The S5 will once again call at Villette, Rivaz, St-Saphorin and Roche.
The S3 will now operate between Allaman and Lausanne instead of Allaman–Villeneuve.
More evening trains on the S4 route between Allaman and Lausanne.
The new Lausanne–Palézieux route will now operate Monday to Sunday replacing the old S5 route (Grandson–Palézieux, Monday to Friday). More evening services. Trains will call at Bossière once an hour.
An additional return service in the morning between Payerne and Avenches.
S22, Le Brassus–Vallorbe–Lausanne.
Formerly the S/R lines, the S22 will provide 6 return services between Vallorbe and Lausanne from Monday to Friday, including 2 services to or from Le Brassus. The line will only run as far as Renens once the construction work at Lausanne station begins.
Introduction of an extra pair of trains (one train in each direction) early in the morning.
There will now also be half-hourly services between Fribourg/Freiburg and Yverdon-les-Bains in the evening until the end of service, and all day on weekends.
Le Verbier Express, direct connection Genève-Aéroport–Le Châble.
From 19 December 2020 to 5 April 2021, the very popular leisure offer from the Verbier Express will run once again on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
It will allow skiers to reach Verbier from the Lake Geneva region without changing until Le Châble (Valais).
Lausanne station blockade.
As one of the large-scale construction projects of Léman 2030 programme, the redevelopment of the interlocking system at Lausanne station will require the exceptional interruption of almost all traffic at Lausanne station over the weekend of 20 and 21 March 2021 (cff.ch/lausanne-sans-trainsLink opens in new window.). There will also be adjustments to services between Geneva and Lausanne on certain weekends of intensive construction work throughout the year.
Important infrastructural work will take place between Coppet and Chembésy from 9 July to 30 August 2021. There will be no Léman Express services between Genève and Coppet and a rail replacement bus will put in place.
Engineering work between Neuchâtel and Biel/Bienne is planned for the nights of Sunday to Monday and Thursday to Friday from 17 January to 16 September 2021. This will affect services early in the morning and late in the evening, resulting in changes to timetabled services and train cancellations with bus services running as a replacement.
Due to important remediation work, trains will be cancelled from 1 March to 31 October 2021.
In addition, evening trains will be cancelled from Monday to Friday from 11 January to 26 February 2021, as well as from 1 November to 10 December 2021. A rail replacement bus system will be in operation.
Trains on the Neuchâtel–Corcelles-Peseux line will also be cancelled on the same dates.
(Col-des-Roches–)Le Locle–La Chaux-de-Fonds.
TER services between La Chaux-de-Fonds–Morteau are cancelled from 1 March to 31 October 2021. SNCF plans to provide rail replacement buses with connections to Swiss regional trains at Le Locle. Swiss trains will also operate on an adapted timetable from 1 March to 31 October 2021.
An adapted timetable is also planned in the evenings from Monday to Friday from 11 January to 26 February 2021, as well as from 1 November to 10 December 2021.
In the context of this adapted timetable, some Biel/Bienne–La Chaux-de-Fonds trains will run as far as Le Locle from 1 to 31 March 2021 (therefore forming part of the La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle service offer).
This timetable will allow connections between La Chaux-de-Fonds–Neuchâtel by way of rail replacement bus services.
Between January and August 2021, there will be six weekends of total interruption of services between Bern and Fribourg, specifically to construct additional storage sidings at Bern Bümpliz Süd A rail replacement bus service will be put in place.
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