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Lausanne Metro to be expanded by 2027, Switzerland [free access]

June 25, 2019

The canton of Vaud has announced plans to expand Lausanne Metro Line M2 and to construct a new 4-km-long line, Line M3. The authority is applying for a CHF153.7million loan from the cantonal parliament to expand Line M2.


Under the Léman 2030, undertaken by Swiss Federal Railways/ Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB), Lausanne’s train station (Gare de Lausanne) is forecasted to carry 200,000 passengers per day over the next ten years. The governments of Vaud and Lausanne are working together to ensure that the metro system will beable to cope with this influx. The station is being served by Line M2 and is planned to serve the new line, M3.


The estimated cost to expand M2 is CHF228 million and the estimated cost to construct M3 is CHF582 million. The Swiss Confederation will invest around CHF161 million in the project. The work for the expansion of M2 is expected to be completed between 2025 and 2026, and that for the construction of M3 by 2027.


Contracts for both the projects were awarded in May 2017. SyMeo consortium, comprising Egis and BG Ingénieurs Conseils, will provide the signalling work and the rolling stock for both lines. BGE m3-m3 consortium, comprising BG Ingénieurs Conseils, Egis, and GESTE Engineering, will undertake the engineering work for both the lines.


(1 CHF [Swiss Franc] = 1.03 USD)