Works begin for the international link Geneva - Annemasse
The surroundings of Geneva where
910.000 people live and work are straddling
two countries: Switzerland and France.
situation makes transport issues complex
for public authorities in charge of it.
Transport demand is expected to grow
significantly by 2020, due to the forecast
increase of the population, expected to
reach 1.100.000 at this moment.
The cross border rail based project linking
Cornavin Airport, the centre of Geneva
(Eaux-Vives) and the French city of
Annemasse has been expected for about a
century and is about to become reality.
Works began last September and the
infrastructure will be in service by 2010-2012.
The project consists in drilling a 4.8
kilometre-tunnel, linking existing rail lines
that will be upgraded.
In France, 2 more
kilometres will be created from the border
to Annemasse. The travel time between the
Airport and Eaux-vives will be 9 minutes and
17 minutes from the Airport to Annemasse.
The Swiss part of the project will cost CHF
900 million (+/- €600 million) and will be
funded 42% by Geneva Canton and 58% by
the federal level and the Federal Railways (CFF).
The project is managed by an ad-hoc
structure, bringing together the Canton,
CFF, the Confederation, working with local
developers, municipalities and also with
cross border institutions such as “Léman
Council” and the French “Region Rhône Alpes”.
Updated : November 8, 2005