Civil engineering - Switzerland

Geneva-Annemasse Railway: line connecting two countries

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Five Soletanche Bachy and VINCI Construction France subsidiaries are taking part in the construction of the CEVA rail line between Geneva and Annemasse in the Haute-Savoie region.

The €265 million project will involve four years of works in Switzerland. T he largest construction site in the past 20 years.” This is how the Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Federal Railways describe the CEVA (Cornavin, Eaux-Vives, Annemasse) rail line that is part of a Regional Express Network offering an effective alternative to the automobile. VINCI Construction is part of the venture, via SGC, a consortium specially set up for the project that brings together two Soletanche Freyssinet subsidiaries (Soletanche Bachy France and Sif Groutbor) and three VINCI Construction France companies (Chantiers Modernes Rhône-Alpes, GTM TP Lyon and CBR TP). “We are building 3.7 km of cut-and-cover tunnels in Swiss territory, as well as two underground stations, divided into four works packages,” say Olivier Delauzun, Rhône Alpes Regional Director of Civil Engineering (VINCI Construction France) and Project Director Emmanuel Robert (Soletanche Bachy). The work got under way in the spring of 2012. The future line will be 16 km long (of which 14 km in Switzerland) and will link the Cornavin station in the centre of Geneva with the Annemasse station in France starting in 2017. The project also includes the construction of five stations designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, two tunnels, bridges and a wide variety of development works in the neighbourhoods along the alignment.