Léman Express sponsors
Léman Express is being financed jointly by France and Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France invested nearly CHF 500 million (or €460 million) in building the 40 Léman Express trains.
The new CEVA line – allowing Léman Express trains to travel smoothly between France and Switzerland – cost nearly CHF 2 billion (or €1.8 billion) to build, including the renovation of existing infrastructure. The work was financed by France and Switzerland as well as by regional transport offices and local governments, with additional support from the EU.
The challenges of the Léman Express
The commissioning of the Léman Express is a huge challenge for the SBB and SNCF, the Swiss and French railway companies, on several levels: in terms of rolling stock, but also in terms of cross-border offer and major infrastructure projects, such as CEVA.
One of the largest regional cross-border rail networks in Europe responds to the wishes of the organizing authorities, which are the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Cantons of Geneva and Vaud, and the Federal Office of Transport, aimed at improving the mobility and quality of life of the inhabitants of this cross-border area.