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Other votes of 9 February 2014

Yes to railway milestone

The Swiss people set a milestone in Swiss railway history on 9 February when 62% voted in favour of the proposal on the financing and expansion of the railway infrastructure. This will enable the operation, maintenance and expansion of the railways to be uniformly funded from a new railway infrastructure fund. The railway network will additionally undergo an expansion costing 6.4 billion Swiss francs by 2025, with this investment also being ­approved. The Swiss have traditionally adopted a generous approach towards the railways: they have consistently endorsed billion-franc expansions over recent ­decades.

Abortion costs remain covered

The health insurance schemes will continue to cover abortion costs in future. The Swiss people clearly rejected the “abortion costs are a private matter” popular initiative launched by religious and conservative groups with just under 70% opposing it. (JM)