BLS eyes expansion as revenues climb

April 27, 2017

Written by Anitra Green, International Railway Journal, April 20, 2017

SWITZERLAND’s second-largest railway BLS says it is still pushing for a concession to operate long-distance services beyond its own network, despite the recent failure of talks with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) on the future of domestic inter-city services.

Under the current arrangement, SBB holds the concession for running domestic long-distance services jointly with BLS and South Eastern Railway (SOB). The concession is due to expire at the end of the year, but negotiations over joint operation have failed and BLS is now preparing an application to the Swiss Federal Office of Transport (BAV) for its own concession.

However, speaking at BLS’ annual results press conference on April 19, CEO Mr Bernard Guillelmon said he remains optimistic that a solution can be found: “We see SBB as a partner, and we want to work together on further developments. We are still in discussion.”

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