10.07.2020 | Following the reduction of the Léman Express offer between Coppet and Geneva, the RegioExpress exceptionally serves Versoix, in both directions and until further notice, from Monday to Friday.
In the direction of Geneva, the RE leave Versoix at XX:04 and XX:34.
In the direction of Coppet, the RE leave Versoix at XX:25 and XX:55.
09.07.2020 | Due to a lack of SBB drivers, the Léman Express offer between Geneva and Coppet is reduced.
From Thursday 9 July and until further notice, trains will run every half hour instead of every quarter of an hour on this section. We invite passengers to consult the SBB timetables before every journey in Switzerland during this period.
03.07.2020 | An additional bus is set up between La-Roche-sur-Foron (6:50 am) and Annemasse (7:20 am).
Monday to Friday, starting June 22, 2020. Find the adapted transport plan on the French territory of the Léman Express: here.
12.06.2020 | A return of the full offer is expected by August 24, 2020, subject to the evolution of the situation.
After having transported 45'000 passengers per day before COVID-19, the health crisis we are going through has interrupted the efforts made to solve the operational problems and also suspended the training of the locomotive engineers in progress on the Swiss side. Lémanis, SBB and SNCF teams are heavily mobilised in order to allow a return to normal under the best conditions and to offer passengers a quality service.
Since May 11, 2020, the offer has been gradually strengthened. Currently, the quarter-hourly rate is guaranteed between Coppet and Geneva and between Geneva and Annemasse. The Geneva - La Plaine and Geneva - Bellegarde lines run according to the timetable. On the French side of The Léman Express, the service is close to the regular timetable, with a few adaptations, particularly on the beggining and end of the day.
COPPET – GENEVE CORNAVIN
Passengers travelling to and from stations located between Coppet and Geneva who wish to go beyond Genève Cornavin station in the direction of Annemasse and Haute-Savoie are invited to use the L1 (Coppet - Evian-les-Bains) and L3 (Coppet - St-Gervais-les- Bains-Le Fayet) lines. Indeed, the additional shuttles do not guarantee a direct connection in Genève Cornavin, in the direction of Annemasse and beyond, in both directions.
Lémanis, SBB and SNCF ask passengers to consult the online timetables before each journey:
As border controls are currently being tightened, we invite travellers to carry identity documents and other relevant forms for entry into the neighbouring country.
Lémanis, SBB and SNCF, are fully committed to inform passengers and ask them to scrupulously respect the rules currently in force to adress the epidemic.
Léman Express trains are expected in a multiple-unit configuration during peak hours.
Some trains are running in single-units (shorter trains) in case of a technical issue, in order to maintain the traffic. The single-unit trains are privileged to enable the maintenance centers to deal rapidly with the breakdowns. When all the units are available, the multiple-unit trains (longer trains) are running again. This measure allows to avoid the cancellation of a train, the priority being to respect the schedules in complete safety.
Take the example of a train “X” from Geneva to Coppet. The train “X” encounters a problem in Versoix: the passengers are kindly asked to leave the train and take the next one. The train “X” will not reach its destination and therefore cannot go back from Coppet as planned: it is cancelled.
The single-track infrastructure on a large part of the Léman Express network imposes certain constraints due to the railway safety. In the example mentioned above, two solutions can be proposed: the provision of a replacement train or the cancellation of a multiple-unit train (running therefore as a single-unit) to avoid the complete cancellation of the train. If those measures help to replace cancelled trains, it cannot however fulfill all the perturbations. To catch up with the delay, one-off operating measures are put in place, such as the cancellation of a train or the non-serving of certain stations, to avoid accentuating the disruption. To adhere to the timetable in complete safety, some trains are therefore cancelled or running in a reduced unit.
One of the main challenges with the Léman Express is to run two different types of trains from two different manufacturers on the same cross-border network, an unprecedented situation in Europe. The Léman Express train fleet is the only one allowed to travel on both the French and Swiss network, but it required some major and complex technical adaptations to operate across the entire network.
The Léman Express teams are facing a technical and technological challenge in order to operate 240 trains daily, with two completely different railway systems, two different rolling stocks, and procedures specific to each company. This particularly complex Swiss-French concept imposes an adaptation phase that is necessary to take up this technical and technological challenge, unique in Europe.