Erstfeld InfoCenter opened

As from March 14, 2008, the Canton of Uri possesses an additional attractive destination for excursions with the AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd InfoCenter at Erstfeld. Renzo Simoni, CEO of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, and Isidor Baumann, Director of Economics for Uri, opened the Erstfeld InfoCenter with a symbolic blast. Using state-of-the-art audiovisual systems, the exhibition provides comprehensive information about construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. In its own section of the exhibition, the Canton of Uri presents its touristic and economic advantages. At the opening ceremony, the guests and media also experienced the premiere of the latest annual film, AlpTransit Gotthard 2007.

On a floor area of approximately 400 square meters, and using ultra-modern technology, the exhibition shows the innovative construction concepts and methods being used by the tunnellers under the Gotthard. Highlights include a full-size reconstruction of the control centre of a tunnel boring machine, and a large-screen slow-motion projection of a blast filmed with high-speed cameras. An interactive relief model of Uri forms the centrepiece of the section devoted to the Gotthard canton. The model provides visitors with information about the geography and attractions of Uri. There is also a life-size model of William Tell for souvenir photos.

The Erstfeld InfoCenter, which it is hoped will become a magnet for visitors from Switzerland and abroad, is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. At the same time as the InfoCenter was opened, the construction site walkway was also opened. The information path passes along the construction site over two galleries, and offers perfect views onto the approximately 40,000 square metres surface installations site at Erstfeld. Twelve information boards explain the infrastructure systems and work operations on the large construction site.

The opening ceremony also included the premiere of the latest annual film, AlpTransit Gotthard 2007. Lasting more than 30 minutes, this exciting documentary shows the construction work of the last few years on the Gotthard and Ceneri. Besides the film in three different language versions (Swiss-German, German, Italian), the DVD also contains as bonus material a documentary about the breakthrough between the Sedrun/Amsteg sections, and an interview with ATG CEO Renzo Simoni. The DVD is available immediately at www.alptransit.ch, or in the visitor centres and branch offices of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd.