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Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel, officially opened on 1 June 2016, 17 years after construction began.

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From road to rail: A pan-European challenge…

25 July 2016 | By

After 17 years of construction and building costs totalling almost €11 billion, the big day finally arrived at the beginning of June 2016: the inauguration of the 57km-long Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland which attracted much international attention highlighting the European dimension of centennial projects of this kind. Together with…

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Construction completed on the world’s longest railway tunnel

25 July 2016 | By

Following 17 years of construction, the new Gotthard Base Tunnel was ceremonially opened on 1 June 2016. Measuring 57km-long it is not only the longest railway tunnel in the world but is also a unique masterpiece of engineering. Renzo Simoni, CEO of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd., the company tasked with construction,…

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Track Systems supplement 2016

23 March 2016 | By

In our latest free-to-view Track Systems & Infrastructure Supplement, Monika Heiming, Executive Director of EIM discusses how to encourage innovative infrastructure maintenance and Libor Lochman, Executive Director of CER shares a vision for the future of rail infrastructure..

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Bringing Europe closer together with the Gotthard Base Tunnel

6 August 2015 | By Peter Füglistaler, Director of the Federal Office of Transport in Switzerland

In June 2016, the 57km-long Gotthard Base Tunnel under the Alps, which links northern and southern Switzerland, will be formally opened. The tunnel breaks a number of records. It is the longest rail tunnel in the world – 3km longer than the Japanese Seikan tunnel, the previous record holder. Peter…

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Ceneri Base Tunnel: the logical continuation in the south

6 August 2015 | By Marco Ceriani, Chief Construction Officer of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd

The NRLA Gotthard Axis comprises of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and the 15km-long Ceneri Base Tunnel. The two single-track tubes of the Ceneri Base Tunnel are complemented by branch-off structures to allow additional traffic connections. So that the ambitious time schedule can be met despite difficult geological conditions, work on…