Alongside a considerable reduction in travel time, the V-Bahn project also provides for the customised adjustment of the operations of Berner Oberland-Bahn (BOB), Wengernalpbahn (WAB) and Jungfraubahn (JB) in line with demand and the latest technology.
The direct connection of the V-Bahn to public transport and the capacity increase thanks to the new rolling stock at Berner Oberland-Bahn (valley railway on the shuttle route from Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald) will increase the attractiveness of the railway and shift traffic from road to rail.
Thanks to the realisation of the V-Bahn project, particularly the commissioning of the three-cable "Eigerexpress", central junctions will be broken up and long-term traffic and parking problems solved. A new multi-storey car park as well as a constantly up-to-date parking guidance system with real-time info will help to ensure this. A customer information system in all transport will enable targeted visitor flow management.
The new "Eigerexpress" cableway is a measure to increase quality, improve current bottlenecks and better distribute visitors. A seat reservation system will ensure realisation.
The V-Bahn will create a direct connection to public transport for the Gondelbahn Grindelwald-Männlichen (GGM) and the Eigerexpress. This will be realised by means of the new Berner Oberland-Bahn station Grindelwald Terminal with direct access to the terminal for the two planned cableways.
At the Terminal Grindelwald, the three-cable cableway will be linked to public transport and will also enjoy direct access to a multi-storey car park with around 1,000 parking spaces.
The final report from Ecoplan commissioned by the Canton of Bern on the "Economic impact of the V-Cableway project in the Canton of Bern" shows that the project is of great economic significance to the Jungfrau Region and particularly Grindelwald. A significantly positive impact on employment and value creation is expected in the construction phase as well as during the operational phase.
Grindelwald and Jungfrau Region
Entire Canton of Bern
Between 342 and 776 new jobs will be created, and there will be 53 to 105 million Swiss francs of added value generated throughout the Canton of Bern. The project will bring considerable additional, annually recurring tax revenues between 11 and 14.6 million Swiss francs. Of these revenues, 6.8 to 9.8 million will remain in the Canton of Bern (canton and municipalities).
Due to the V-Cableway and station Grindelwald Terminal of the BOB, travel times will be reduced for passengers. The BOB, WAB and JB are optimally adapted to demand and the latest technology. The V-Cableway operational concept shows how the future flow of pedestrian traffic and transport of goods will be realized.
The operational concept ensures optimal connections between the BOB, the V-Cableway, the WAB and the JB. A quarter-hour timetable window for the V-Cableway ensures streamlined transfers between cable cars and trains. Thanks to the V-Cableway, the station Grindelwald Terminal of the BOB and JB Premium, travel times within the Jungfrau Region will be significantly reduced.
The Bernese Oberland Railway runs every half hour throughout the year during the operating hours of the Eigerexpress. Six new multiple units and three new low-floor railcars have been in operation since 2017. Thus, the BOB to Grindelwald can offer around 900 seats and the one to Lauterbrunnen around 580 seats per hour.
The WAB has six new panoramic trains in operation on the Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg route since 2015. During the high season, the WAB runs every half hour. On the Grindelwald side, the capacity with three trains is 300 persons/hour. Four trains run on the Wengen side at a capacity of 760 persons/hour. The freight traffic to Brandegg, Alpiglen and Kleine Scheidegg runs via the WAB.
As of August 2016, four new low-floor railcars will be in operation on the Jungfrau Railway. The JB service changes depending on the season. The timetable depends on the service of the feeder lifts. If the Eigerexpress is in operation, then the trains run between the Eiger Glacier and Jungfraujoch every half hour. From Kleine Scheidegg the timetable is adjusted to demand. The capacity was increased from 888 to 1,180 persons hour (to Jungfraujoch) to avoid standing places. Two trains will shuttle in the 60-minute circuit between Eigergletscher and the Jungfraujoch, three trains in the 90-minute circuit between Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch. The reduction in travel time of 30 minutes from Lauterbrunnen and more than one hour from Grindelwald allows a longer stay on the Jungfraujoch and an optimal distribution of visitors.
With 44 cabins each with 28 seats, the Eiger Express has a capacity of 2400 persons/hour and brings passengers to the Eiger Glacier in 15 minutes. The short travel time makes the descents in winter into winter sports areas and allows a significant reduction in travel time to the Jungfraujoch. The freight transport to Eigergletscher and Jungfraujoch is largely handled by the tricable gondola.
The new 10-person Grindelwald-Männlichen gondola can transport 1,800 guests per hour. The journey time has been reduced from 30 to 19 minutes. Goods are transported in standard wire mesh cars in the gondolas or on euro-pallets in the loadbars.
The station Grindelwald Terminal connects the V-Cableway terminal to public transport. There are various shops, restaurants and ski depots in the terminal. There are separate entrances for groups and individuals. The tricable gondola will also separate individual travellers going to the Jungfraujoch and those only going to Eigergletscher.
The railways have thoroughly discussed the available railway systems and how they are used for the layout of the line. The advantages of the tricable gondola technology are far superior for the Grindelwald Grund - Eigergletscher route.
Tricable gondola advantages: