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An Expert's View about Railways in Switzerland

Last updated: 27 May 2011

The Swiss railway transport network is one of the densest in the world. Due to its geo-strategic position in the heart of Europe, Switzerland plays a key role in the development of international freight and passenger services, particularly transalpine services.

Sector briefing Railway sector in Switzerland Why Switzerland? The Swiss railway transport network is one of the densest in the world. Due to its geo- strategic position in the heart of Europe, Switzerland plays a key role in the development of international freight and passenger services, particularly transalpine services. To enhance the competitiveness of the railway system most of Switzerland?s £24bn rail reform programme on cross-border and domestic public transport and freight traffic is currently being implemented. In addition, two alternative proposals amounting to £13 billion and £7.5 billion for the further upgrade of the railway infrastructure are currently being drafted by Due to its geo-strategic the Swiss Federal Authorities. The consultation position in the heart of phase will last until 2011 and the final decision Europe, Switzerland plays a is subject to a referendum by the Swiss key role in the development of electorate. international freight and See the UKTI website for general information passenger services, about Switzerland. The ?Doing business? guide particularly transalpine includes an overview of the economy, business culture, potential opportunities and other services relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: railway sector in Switzerland more often than not, valid within the European Opportunities Community. The second phase of the ?Bahn 2000? Switzerland encompasses three main programme will be implemented between 2010 languages (German, French, Italian) and even and 2020. Its key projects are: though English is widely spoken it is important to have any documentation available in at least Passenger traffic integration into the one of the official national languages. European high-speed network is of great In general, quality and technical criteria strategic importance to Switzerland. This is are more important than price in bid achieved through continuous improvement of decisions. If you wish to establish a long-term the high-speed network to the centres of the relationship with Swiss customers you should neighbouring countries, as well as the gradual be prepared to satisfy the demands and upgrading of the main trunks. requirements, provide evidence of flexibility and a high level of service, and express Further national large-scale projects of the commitment to the market. It is essential that Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) are: products are supplied on schedule and in ? Altstetten?Zurich Main Station?Oerlikon accordance with the contracted details. cross-city link (www.sbb.ch) Ongoing communication and feedback between ? Ferrovia Lugano-Mendrisio-Varese- supplier and customer is another important Malpensa (www.sbb.ch) aspect. ? Expansion of Zurich S-Bahn train services (www.zvv.ch) If you have any questions about opportunities in Switzerland, get in touch with the contacts To increase network capacity, SBB is listed at the end of this report. introducing new technologies including the following projects: Business opportunities aimed at UK companies ? Automation and harmonisation of signal are added daily to the UKTI website. These boxes for centralised train control. leads are sourced by our staff overseas in ? Implementing the European Train Control British Embassies, High Commissions and System (ETCS), including in-cab signalling. Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 ? Global System Mobile for Railways (GSM- markets. You can search for opportunities by R), a new data transmission network. sector or country, or register to receive business opportunity alerts on a regular basis. To bring noise emissions within the legal limits by 2015, one of the operators? first priority is to upgrade their rolling stock. Major events and activities Key methods of doing business Suissetraffic In Switzerland, business is rarely done through This international trade fair for public transport agents but via direct procurement. A further URL: www.suissetraffic.ch key method for UK firms to enter the Swiss Time: 4-9 September 2011 market is through Swiss public procurement. Tenders are commonly Swisstech 2012 publicised on the following portal: Europe?s central fair for subcontracting www.simap.ch. Publication in official EU industries publications is not required of Swiss based URL: www.swisstech2012.com firms, but Switzerland is committed to the WTO Time: 20-23 November 2012 agreement, which many procurement processes adhere to. For details of events related to this country or sector, use the events search on the UKTI Even though Switzerland is not a member website or register to receive regular updates. state, the European Union is by far the New export events are added daily. most important trading partner of Switzerland. However, while Switzerland UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) shares close contractual ties with the EU, the provides grant support for eligible Small & country has its own established standards and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend regulations, which are not necessarily, but trade shows overseas. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: railway sector in Switzerland UKTI contacts Next steps - how UKTI can help Regula Hofer Senior Project Manager Trade British companies wishing to develop their British Embassy Switzerland business in the New Zealand market are Tel: +41 (0) 31 359 7742 advised to undertake as much market research Email: regula.hofer@fco.gov.uk and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s www.ukti.gov.uk team in New Zealand, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a Emmeline Santana-Holmes range of services to British-based companies Project Manager Trade wishing to grow their business in global British Embassy Switzerland markets. Tel: +41 (0)31 359 7733 Email: emmeline.santana@fco.gov.uk This can include: www.ukti.gov.uk ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the New Zealand market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the New Zealand market This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © You may reuse this information (not including logos, images and case studies) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view this licence, visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/ or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk This publication is also available from our website at www.ukti.gov.uk or for more information please telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: railway sector in Switzerland
Posted: 27 May 2011, last updated 27 May 2011

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