Deadly start to weekend on Swiss highways

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two people died in a head-on crash near Neuchatel, on the A5 autoroute early Saturday. A car with French plates was heading in the wrong direction at 07:00 when it collided with a Swiss car heading correctly in the direction of Lausanne. A passenger in the French car was injured. The two […]

Swiss highways saw 2.8 percent increase in 2011 traffic

Traffic has more than doubled since 1990 Zurich had 349 days with traffic jams BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss highway traffic increased by 2.8 percent in 2011, to 26 billion kilometres driven. The busiest roads in the country were the A1 autoroute between Geneva and Lausanne, and the A1 between Bern and Winterthur, plus the A1 […]

Traffic lights for Swiss autoroute entrances under study

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Smart highways could be around the corner in Switzerland, with EPFL, the federal polytechnic institute in Lausanne, undertaking a study to improve traffic flows by using stoplights to enter highways, with funding from the Swiss Federal Roads Office. There may be a growing sense of urgency to resolve highway traffic jams; Lausanne […]

Roadworks season about to open: Zug to reduce jams, Montreux for repairs

BERN, SWITZERLAND  – The spring season for roadworks is about to open, with the Swiss federal government spending CHF2.1 billion this year on national roads, CHF1.3b of which goes for road maintenance. An additional CHF90 million is being spent to reduce traffic jams in two areas, Zoug (Blegi-Rütihof) and the Härkingen-Wiggertal stretch in eastern Switzerland […]

Number of drunk drivers, speeders falls on Swiss roads

20-29 age group responsible for one-third of licenses lifted NEUCHATEL, SWITZERLAND – The number of drivers licenses removed by police in 2011 on Swiss roads fell by 2.6 percent, with a drop in every age group except those over 70, where there was a nearly 10 percent increase. The group that remains the most significant […]

Traffic jams on Geneva, Lausanne A1 stretches to get the Morges lanes treatment

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Major Swiss highway programme changes announced Annual highway tax/sticker to jump from CHF40 to 100 by 2015 GENEVA / LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The roadworks weren’t welcome at the time, but the switch in Morges from two to three lanes during rush hour, using  emergency lanes, has been such a success at reducing traffic jams that […]

Swiss Easter highways, roads scene of accidents, high speeds

Woman killed near Founex, cyclist killed, driver caught going 201 kph on Valais autoroute Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The long weekend in most of Switzerland, for Easter holidays, has seen a number of incidents on highways and local roads, including a fatal accident near Coppet, canton Vaud, on the A1 autoroute. A cyclist in Geneva […]

Easter weekend weather and traffic alerts for Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The weather forecast for Switzerland is for sunshine and more of it, with a few drops of rain in northeastern Switzerland on Sunday 24 April. Lows of 6-7C and highs of 23 in Geneva to 26 in most other areas. The southeast corner of the country, around Samedan, is the one […]

Bye-bye CHF40 road tax, as Bern opts for higher tolls

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland will integrate another 400 km of roads into the federal road system by 2015, but at a cost: the larger network plus growing traffic will cost the Swiss Confederation some CHF275 million francs in maintenance. The financing solution decided on by the Federal Council is to introduce a two-tiered road […]

Swiss lawmakers consider all-night gas station shops

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Gas station shops along autoroutes and main highways in Switzerland could soon sell goods all night, if the federal taxation and finance committee of the lower house of parliament has its way. It is recommending that the stations’ staff be allowed to sell not only restaurant food and petrol during the […]