Between Coppet and Genève-Cornavin, trains run every 15 minutes from 25 May 2020, due to to the introduction of additional shuttles on a temporary basis, until the Léman Express service is resumed at a later stage.
Passengers travelling to and from stations located between Coppet and Genève 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.
Pay attention that 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:
Lémanis continues to inform travellers about the important changes that are expected to take place, through the WhatsApp group (in french) that has been set up:
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.