On Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Erstfeld in the canton of Uri, almost 2,500 people informed themselves about the current status of work on the world's longest railway tunnel. The main attraction was the visit to the base tunnel. For the first time, the visitors could ride into the Gotthard Base Tunnel by train.
The approximately 2,500 visitors from all over Switzerland and its neighbouring countries showed great interest in the installation of the railway systems in the northern section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Around 1,400 people were given the opportunity of travelling seven kilometres into the Gotthard Base Tunnel on a standard-gauge train for the first time. On the one-hour guided tour inside the tunnel, the visitors saw the already-laid ballastless railway track, installation of the overhead conductor, and an exhibition tunnel. The visitors were visibly impressed by all that is needed to enable trains to travel through the tunnel in 2016.
On the 60,000 square metres railway systems installation site at Erstfeld the visitors had the opportunity to talk to the experts about the various technical areas and to have the work steps explained. The railway systems experts provided information about their exciting work on the construction project of the century.
For people who did not have the possibility to participate in the open construction site day, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. is offering guided tours with tunnel rides at the construction sites in Erstfeld, Sedrun, Biasca and Sigirino. The InfoCenter at Erstfeld organises guided tours of the tunnel for groups of up to 24 people on Tuesdays to Saturdays. For further information about guided tours and available dates, visit www.alptransit.ch or phone the Erstfeld InfoCenter on 041 884 72 90.