Final push to the breakthrough

The countdown has started: only 1.8 metres to go to a historic breakthrough in the Gotthard! Last Saturday evening at 10.17pm, the tunnelling machine successfully completed its approach to the 127.404km breakthrough position within the eastern tunnel.

The entire breakthrough area is now being secured, and the tunnelling machine prepared for the breakthrough itself. Preparations are also in full swing for the associated celebrations. On Friday, 15th October 2010 at 2pm, the tunnelling machine from Faido will be started up, and will push the last 1.8 metres of rock out in the direction of Sedrun. The miners, together with a small group of people who are involved in the project and guests (including Swiss Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger), will be there to witness the main breakthrough to the Sedrun side. The general public  will be able to follow the crucial Gotthard Base Tunnel breakthrough live, thanks to transmissions on Schweizer Fernsehen (SF), the French-speaking Swiss television company (Radio télévision Suisse, RTS) and the television company in Ticino (Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana RSI).