On Thursday, 2000-08-17, SBB and BLS informed about their
intentions for cooperation. The two managements agreed the
SBB will take over long-distance
passenger traffic from BLS. Already now, main planning tasks were by SBB, as
there is no long-distance traffic exclusively on BLS. Rolling stock of BLS for
long distance traffic is nearly identical to SBB cars. Color and seats are the
only differencies. But it is to note, that BLS mark 4 cars roll only 14% on
BLS and 86% on SBB (timetable 2000/01). On the other hand, many BLS-trains are
composed of SBB cars.
BLS will take over all SBB S-Bahn
trains in the Berne area. So S1 Thun - Bern - Freiburg/Laupen and S3
Thun - Belp - Bern - Biel will shift to BLS.
Freight will be in different
units, SBB goes together with FS (CSI = Cargo Svizzera-Iatliana) and BLS is
planning to erect a freight daughter, in which DB could participate
(if they wanted...). They remain in competition but carload traffic
within Switzerland is only offered by SBB, later by CSI.
Piggy back service on the
Lötschberg route will be operated by BLS alone.
BLS keeps the auto transport
through the Lötschberg tunnel (and Simplon, on occasions).
Infrastructure management is
secured by SBB but maintenance and operations remain with SBB and BLS
SBB wants to purchase 34% of BLS
This means important changes in
passenger service, small changes in freight and a better coordination in
infrastructure. At least half a year of hard work for the BLS administration is
needed before corporate structure can be changed. The new structure can be seen
from the attachment of a separate posting, also sent to BahnCH. If anybody needs
translation help, please tell me.