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April 1, 2011

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The Swiss Federal Council launches consultation on the funding and expansion of railway

SBB CFF FFS has welcomed the proposal to create a specific fund, provided that they ensure the essential entrepreneurial space company

The Swiss Federal Council launched a consultation on proposals for future funding and expansion of rail infrastructure. Switzerland has in fact find the resources up to 500 million Swiss francs a year - so far missing - to finance the operation and maintenance of the network, but also needs to get more sustained investment to expand the rail infrastructure to faced with a demand for rail transport in the increase. It is expected that until 2025 - the first phase of expansion of the Swiss railway - will require investments of 3.5 billion Swiss francs in the completion of upgrading works for 5.4 billion Swiss francs in the course in the program for the future development of railway infrastructure (SIF).

The objective is to create a solid financial basis for long-term operation, maintenance and expansion of rail infrastructure. The Federal Council has already announced its intention to achieve this by creating a new fund for railway infrastructure (FInFer) and the use of additional income ( of 20 January 2011). With this in mind, the Swiss government decided to follow the approach in terms of funding and expansion of railway infrastructure and decided to submit plans as a direct counter to counter the popular initiative "for public transport" which - according to the Federal Council - does not solve the problems of financing public transport, but simply transfers them to road transport.

After the conclusion of the consultation with the cantons, political parties and associations, the Federal Council will transmit a message to both Houses by the spring of 2012 to be followed by a referendum to be held probably in 2013-2014.

The Swiss railway SBB CFF FFS group has welcomed the Government's proposal to fund the rail network by creating a special large infrastructure fund and stated that, with regard to the planned development of the rail and infrastructure, the company supports the planned development in stages. SBB CFF FFS however pointed out that under the system of financing, will be important to ensure that guaranteed the essential business of space SBB CFF FFS, "Only in that way - said the company - can be guaranteed to stimuli further increases efficiency. " The railway company said must be placed on the market capable of achieving the financial resources necessary to achieve the objectives of growth of supply and quality, efficiency and safety of services and that doing so is necessary room for maneuver in ' scope of the definition tariff that the customer is directed to the use of means of transport.

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