Exceptional news for the Haute Savoie region with the new express train connection linking Geneva area (including airport) and nearby towns to be taking place soon. Areas like Thollon-les-Memises with Evian station next door as well as Saint Gervais / Chamonix area will be linked directly from Geneva airport by fast and frequent connections.
234.2 million invested
When it comes into service, scheduled for December 2019, a total of 230km of lines and 45 stations will be connected within a radius of 60km around Geneva, an area of nearly one million inhabitants spread over two Swiss cantons and one Department of the Rhône-Alpes Region, Haute-Savoie.
4 years of construction and 234.2 million euros of investment are required to build the CEVA line. This project, under SNCF contracting authority, is supported and financed by 13 partners.
The CEVA line is the rail link, which until now has been missing, and will eliminate border control between Geneva and the Haute-Savoie area and thus offer a city subway offer for the Greater Geneva and its neighbouring regions called Léman Express. It represents 16km of line between Geneva and Annemasse, including 2km of new French tracks, and modernisation operations throughout the Haute-Savoie therefore giving better access to the ski resorts.
With LEMAN Express, travel habits will evolve significantly. The Coppet-Annemasse axis will offer railway quality unknown to date in the Greater Geneva area. The urban bus and tram network will undergo a regenaration in order to ensure optimal accessibility to the stations and to irrigate the Geneva area in addition to the LEMAN Express.
The heart of the Geneva area will be served by a train every 10 minutes, 7 days a week. During rush hour, Geneva will be connected every 10 minutes to Versoix, Coppet and Annemasse. Thonon, Evian, St-Gervais, Chamonix, Cluses and Annecy will enjoy a half-hour service frequency. It will be possible to go to Bellegarde every hour and a train will run every 30 minutes between La Plaine and Geneva.
In addition, two Express routes (RE) will run every hour between Lausanne, the Vaud coast, Geneva and Annemasse.
Examples of ski resorts which will be connected faster:
-Saint-Gervais train station: Evasion Mont Blanc (Saint Gervais, Les Contamines, Megève, Praz-sur-Arly)
-Chamonix train station: Chamonix, Les Houches, Argentiere
-Sallanches train station: Combloux
-Cluses train station: Grand Massif (Flaine, Samoens, Sixt, Les Carroz, Morillon), Portes du Soleil (Les Gets, Morzine)
-Evian train station: Thollon-les-Mémises, La Chapelle d’Abondance and Chatel
-Bonneville train station or Annecy: La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand.
Also these express links will make cultural or shopping visits for the day to Geneva or Annecy much easier.