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Swiss national railways plans services between St Pancras and Basel

by LLB Reporter
29th Dec 23 8:39 am

Using Eurostar trains, Swiss national railways (SBB) are planning a service between St Pancras, London and Basel, which would be around a five hour journey.

Spanish railways firm, Evolyn are looking into opening up a direct link to Zurich, Cologne and Frankfurt.

The MailOnline reported that the new proposed services comes after Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson has been reportedly looking into operating services in the coming years.

Currently passengers have to change three times from London, Paris Gard du Nord, travel by metro to Gare de Lyon then on to Basel, this can take up to seven hours.

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Philipp Mader, the Swiss Federal Railways head of international passenger transport, confirmed the plans, at the Swiss Travel Association conference.

Speaking in November, Mader said, “As a long-distance destination, we are looking into a direct train from Switzerland to London, the most frequently flown city in Europe. Basel to London in around five hours, that’s possible.”

He added that implementation could be tricky, he added, “The infrastructure is expensive on this route partly because of the journey through the Eurotunnel.”

Swiss MP Matthias Aebischer, who backs the proposals has urged the Swiss government to look in to the possibility of direct rail links between Basel and London.

He wrote, “There are already direct rail connections from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and even with cities such as Lyon and Marseille.

“It must therefore be possible to do this also for Switzerland, in particular with Basel.”

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