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Punctually for the operational opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, from the beginning of December 2016 the third and final volume of the trilogy "Gotthard-Base Tunnel – The World's Longest Tunnel", is available in bookshops. Its 276 pages mainly document the installation of the railway systems as well as commissioning of the world's longest railway tunnel. "Dozens of books have already been published this year about the construction project of the century. With our third...More

The most important and exciting moments of the 17-years construction period of the Gotthard Base Tunnel are shown in the documentary film entitled "Barbara Is Not Finished Yet – Construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel 1999 - 2016". Throughout the construction period, an AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd film team accompanied the miners and engineers. The film shows the challenges and innovations as well as the people behind the headlines. The comprehensive bonus material makes the film –...More

With the gathering this morning of the one thousand randomly selected representatives of the public for the first trips through the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), the opening festivities for the world's longest railway tunnel have begun. For the festival involving half a dozen heads of state and government, everything is ready. More than 2,000 individuals from the army, police, federal government, Swiss Federal Railways, AlpTransit Gotthard (ATG) and private companies are in action. In...More

With a simple ceremony on May 31, 2016, responsible individuals of the construction contractors and engineering consultants, as well as of the overall constructing company, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, along with relatives, remembered those who lost their lives during construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. At the north portal in Erstfeld, a bronze memorial plaque with the names of those who died was unveiled. In the afternoon of May 31, 2016, near the north portal of the Gotthard Base Tunnel...More

At the beginning of June, 2016, the world's longest railway tunnel will be ceremonially opened. The final preparations for the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and for the festivities under the title of «Gottardo 2016» are in progress. On May 10, 2016, the organisers - Swiss Federal Office of Transport (FOT), Swiss Federal Railways and AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd (ATG) - invited to an on-site preview. While the first setting-up work operations for the great festival are being executed,...More

Test operation in the Gotthard Base Tunnel continues. The GSM-R acceptance-measurement runs were completed at the end of April 2016.In the Ceneri Base Tunnel, the tunnel invert, the drainage pipes and the kickers are being installed from Sigirino. Also in progress is work on sealing the vault. At Camorino, work for handing over the installations site to Railway Systems is in progress.More

In the Gotthard Base Tunnel the railway systems have been successfully installed. The test runs at speeds of up to 275 km/h have started successfully. A total of 3 500 runs are necessary to provide the proof of functionality. In the Ceneri Base Tunnel, the first breakthrough to Vezia has been achieved. A milestone for the Ticino. At the north portal, the long railway viaduct is structurally complete and can be handed over to the railway systems contractor.This, and many further important...More

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the Gotthard Base Tunnel will be ceremonially opened. As from today, media professionals have the opportunity to apply for accreditation for the festivities. The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel is an event of great significance for Switzerland and Europe. The organisers are therefore expecting numerous journalists who will report on this historic occasion. For the media there are several sites from which they can report on the various elements of the...More

At exactly 12.00 noon today, January 21, 2016, the final breakthrough in the west tube of the Ceneri Base Tunnel took place. Shortly after this last blast, the miners could shake hands. In the coming months, this will now be followed by lining the tunnel and installing the railway infrastructure systems. Commissioning of the 15.4-kilometres-long Ceneri Base Tunnel is scheduled to take place at the end of 2020. Around 700 metres away from the north portal at Camorino, more than 1,000 project...More

Milestone under the Gotthard: Since October 1, 2015, the test operation phase in the Gotthard Base Tunnel has been in full swing. The first test runs have already been successfully performed. Until May 31, 2016, around 5,000 test runs are planned, with trains travelling at up to 275 kilometres per hour through the world's longest tunnel. Following receipt of the release by the Swiss Federal Office of Transport, test operation started on schedule on October 1, 2015. Already soon after, the...More

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