A planned expansion of Switzerland's rail network could shorten travel time between Zurich and Bern to 45 minutes, a report said.
Switzerland’s main financial hub and the country’s capital are currently connected by regular, and generally overcrowded, trains that cover the distance in an hour.
The SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) is studying alternate routes that would allow a reduction by 15 minutes, said a report on the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
The plan includes the construction of a tunnel at Aargau, a development that would enable a doubling of rail traffic through the notorious bottleneck, while also benefitting freight traffic, the paper said.
The Federal Council has earmarked 3.5 billion francs ($4.2 billion) for rail network expansion by 2025, while the SBB is asking for 5.7 billion francs ($6.8 billion), the paper said.