Published on 23.01.2012
A hundred years after the Cornavin-Eaux-Vives-Annemasse rail link began in 1912, the wait is over. Real work finally commenced on November 15, 2011. Andreas Meyer (Swiss Federal Railways director), Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, State Councillor Mark Muller and Jean-Jack Queyranne (President of the Rhone-Alps regional council) took sledgehammers in hand to break ground on the long-awaited project.
The CEVA project is a springboard for the City of Geneva which, said State Councillor Mark Muller, “will move it into the ‘major city’ category.” The beginning of the work not only marks the end of an interminable wait (occasioned by heavy opposition), but also symbolises the end of a railway dead-end separating Geneva from its neighbours.
The joining of the Geneva and Rhone-Alps rail systems will link 230 km of rail having a total of 40 stations. In the future, the trip between Versoix and Geneva’s University Hospitals will take only 27 minutes instead of hours, according to Michèle Kuenzler, the magistrate responsible for Mobility, and the trip from Bern to Annemasse only 2 hours and 7 minutes.
This regional express line, which resembles a subway (with two-thirds of the line being underground), will run for 16 km, including 2 km in France.
The large-scale CEVA project will require participation by 25 firms, represented by three to four hundred workers, over six years. Its other features include:
Beginning in January 2012, work will commence all along the line in Switzerland (except in the Champel tunnel, where the Swiss Federal Supreme Court has upheld the suspension of work due to complaints by local residents). The line is expected to be in service in 2017.
BG is contributing to this endeavour through its Infrastructures & Transports division, which has civil and electromechanical engineering contracts.
In the civil engineering area, BG is heading up the GE-Pinchat group (BG-SDingénierie-Solfor-GADZ), which is responsible for project management in sector 3. This involves work on the underground Carouge Bachet station and the 2-km Pinchat tunnel, which is being excavated in loose soils. Preparatory work will begin in early 2012 for the station and in July 2012 for the tunnel.
BG is also involved in the following electromechanical engineering contracts:
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