Published on 20.05.2011
With the inauguration of the Cornavin–Meyrin–CERN tram line (TCMC) preceded by the Meyrin Tunnel on April 30, 2011, the third and final phase of the TCMC linking the Jardin Alpin to CERN was completed, after three and a half years of work.
This third section, at a cost of 170 million francs, including 70 million for the new cut-and-cover tunnel alone, involved burying the route de Meyrin where it passes through Vieux-Meyrin. This will alleviate the commuter traffic through the old village centre, representing 25,000 vehicles in transit daily between Geneva and France. With through-traffic diverted through the cut-and-cover tunnel, there is now better and mixed traffic access to the shops in Vieux-Meyrin and the quality of life for local residents sees itself considerably improved.
The No. 18 tram serves this new route, and passengers can now travel from Cornavin to CERN in just 21 minutes!
BG was responsible for the electromechanical equipment needed to ensure user safety under normal circumstances, as well as in special cases should an accident, traffic jam, fire or other incident occur in the cut-and-cover tunnel.