After 17 years of work and €11 billion spent, the world’s largest rail tunnel, Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel will officially open today.

Two trains carrying 500 passengers each (Swiss citizens who selected after a public draw) will make the inaugural journeys at 12.15pm and the official opening of the tunnel is expected at 2.45pm.

The tunnel is 57 km in length and is situated 2.3 km deep under the Alps, being also the deepest tunnel in the world.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, Fr...

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