January 14, 2021 : the Léman Express offer is maintained.
Find here the adapted timetables:
Situation of the Léman Express service
Since Monday 24 August 2020, the Léman Express offer has been reinforced with the return of the time slot between 5:00 am and 12:30 am in cross-border traffic and with traffic every 15 minutes between Coppet and Geneva.
Between Coppet and Geneva, trains run every 15 minutes, from Monday to Friday, with the introduction of additional shuttles. BETWEEN GENEVE CORNAVIN AND ANNEMASSE, trains continue to run every 15 minutes. Lines L1 and L3 are supplemented by the SBB RegioExpress, which exceptionally serve all stations between Genève Cornavin and Annemasse (in particular according to the timetable for line L2).
ON THE FRENCH BRANCHES OF THE NETWORK, connections to Evian-les-Bains (L1) and St-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet (L3) run according to the timetable, with direct connections. On the L2 Coppet-Annecy line, trains run according to the timetable between Annecy and Annemasse, without interruption during the day. Passengers are invited to take the trains with direct connections at Annemasse station, in the direction of Geneva and Coppet. In addition, the entire TER offer in Haute-Savoie was reintroduced on the same date.
FOR LINES L5 (GENEVE-LA PLAINE) AND L6 (GENEVE-BELLEGARDE), the entire service runs according to the original timetable.
Work in progress on the Léman Express network; find all the details here:
Lémanis, SBB and SNCF ask passengers to check 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.
The national shortage of SBB driving personnel requires adaptations between Annemasse and Coppet.
The L2 line does not run between Annemasse and Coppet. The RegioExpress of the CFF exceptionally serves all stations between Geneva Cornavin and Annemasse, according to the timetable of the L2 line, allowing to maintain the traffic every 15 minutes.
As the platforms are too short to accommodate all of the cars on these trains, passengers are invited to board at the front of the train as the tail-end train arrives off the platform.
These double-decker trains are therefore reduced to a single train set in order to serve stations that do not normally accommodate them.
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.
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.
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.