CEVA: Connecting Switzerland and France
5 August 2014 • Author(s): Antoine Da Trindade, Managing Director for CEVA
CEVA is the acronym for the 16km-long Cornavin–Eaux-Vives–Annemasse rail link project connecting Switzerland and France. It is a project stepped in history which dates back as long ago as 1850. Following many false starts, political disagreements, citizen complaints and objections which went all the way to the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, the project finally given the go-ahead and construction of the link got underway with a ground-breaking ceremony in November 2011. The project plays a crucial mobility role for the almost one million people living in the Greater Geneva agglomeration; it is seen as a much-needed link to improve mobility in Geneva and provide a cross-border connection to France. Antoine Da Trindade – Managing Director for CEVA – provides more details about this project which is estimated to cost approximately CHF 1.5 billion (for the Swiss sections) and is expected to be finished by 2019.
Approximately 14km of the 16km-long railway link runs through Switzerland, and 60% of the route will be underground requiring the construction of two tunnels and several cut-and-cover sections. Once complete, the line will enable passengers to cross Geneva in 20 minutes from the main station at Cornavin to Annemasse via Lancy-Pont Rouge, Carouge-Bachet, Champel-Hôpital, Eaux-Vives and Chêne-Bourg. The line will also form the core element of a Swiss-French railway network extending over 230km with 40 stations; 20 in Switzerland and 20 in France.