Switzerland: World’s largest rail tunnel officially opens

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A picture made available on 20 May 2016 shows miners celebrating with Swiss (L) and Grisons flags after the tunnel drilling machine 'Sissi' broke through the last section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (The New Railway Link through the Alps, NRLA) near Sedrun in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland, 15 October 2010. The opening celebrations of the Switzerland's the largest-ever construction project will start on 01 June 2016. The excavation work has taken more than 15 years and about 12.7 billion dollars. With a length of 57 km crossing the Alps, the Gotthard Base Tunnel is the world's longest railway tunnel.

Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel is 57 km in length and is situated 2.3 km deep under the Alps. The construction of the giant tunnel begun in 1999.


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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