GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Travellers in and out of Geneva by rail: beware a major change in exits and entrances, and access to platforms, as of Monday 15 October. The next stage of the major renovation of Geneva’s Cornavin train station begins, with work underway on the east (Lausanne) side of the station where a new pedestrian passage to the Metroshopping area is being built.
The CFF rail company recommends that passengers use the west (Geneva airport side) side of the station to reach their platforms, with two of the east side entrances closed and half of the east side under renovation.
TGV and TER passengers are cautioned to allow extra time to reach their trains on platforms 7 and 8 in the French section of the station because they will need to pass through the construction area.
The new access to the Metroshopping area will be opened in February 2013, at which point the current underground link will be closed, as that stage of renovations begins.
The Cornavin station project, involving a complete overhaul of the building and better passenger traffic flows, began in January 2010 and will be completed by the end of 2013, at a cost of CHF110 million, at the expense of the CFF. Work on the west wing of the station was completed in August 2011, with the addition of two new entrances to train platforms and an additional passage to reach the tram stops.