October 6th 2023

Who does it best?

By invitation only

Zurich-London by train


Climate-neutral travel is one of the most frequently used buzzwords across Europe. But in everyday travel, people still mainly fly. What would it take for Switzerland to have a direct rail link to London, the top destination for Geneva and Zurich airports?

Welcome by Andrea Sorg, Founder European Blend Weekend
Members of the workshop
Gery Balmer

Gery Balmer, Vice Director Federal Office of Transport, Bern

Ansgar Brockmeyer

Ansgar Brockmeyer, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing Deputy Group CEO of Stadler Rail, Bussnang

Ed Butcher

Ed Butcher, Head of Business Development, HS1, London

Alexander Ernert

Alexander Ernert, Director Government Relations Europe of Trainline, Paris

Vincent Kaufmann

Vincent Kaufmann, Professor of urban sociology and mobility analysis at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Dariush Kowsar

Dariush Kowsar, Director Europe SNCF Réseau, Paris

Philipp Maeder

Philipp Maeder, Director International Passenger Services SBB, Bern, and Chairman of TGV Lyria, Paris

Jon Pult

Jon Pult, President of the Committees for Transport and Telecommunications in the Swiss National Councils

Thinking AI along
Manuel Renold

Manuel Renold, Head of the Transport and Traffic Engineering Research Group AI & Operations at the ZHAW School of Engineering, Winterthur

Presented by
Cecile Boutelet, Le Monde

Cécile Boutelet, Le Monde


Knowledge partners: Stadler Rail and Trainline

Location partner:
This workshop will take place at
Caberet Voltaire,
Spiegelgasse 1,
8001 Zurich.