Mrs Jeannine Pilloud, Director of Passenger Transport at Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), and Mr Ulrich Homburg, Deutsche Bahn Board Member for Passenger Traffic, have signed an agreement to further develop the long-term partnership between the two companies in this area of business. The aim is to boost rail services in long-distance international transport between the two countries and to make it more attractive. Each railway company represents the other’s largest international transport market, with 35 direct services currently operating between Germany and Switzerland. These services were used by 13,000 travellers a day in 2011, which is the equivalent of 4.8 million travellers per year.
This cooperation agreement will strengthen the joint marketing of SBB and DB’s international rail services through the subsidiary Rheinalp GmbH, which has been operative for the last six years. The subsidiary will focus on bolstering cooperation with partners in the tourism industry.