Swiss Alps Gotthard rail tunnel opens

June 1, 2016

Swiss declare Alps tamed as Gotthard rail tunnel opens

AMSTEG, Switzerland |

Switzerland opens the world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel through the heart of the Alps on Wednesday in an engineering marvel that stands as a symbol of European unity at a time of increasing fragmentation.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

The 57.1-km (35.5 mile)-long Gotthard Base Tunnel, 17 years under construction and designed to last a century, is part of a 23 billion Swiss franc infrastructure project to speed passengers and cargo by rail under the mountain chain that divides Europe’s north and south.

Typically Swiss, the project that federal transport office director Peter Fueglistaler called “a masterpiece of timing, cost and policy” came in on schedule and on budget.

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