On Friday, October 31, 2014, the information centre at Sedrun will be open to visitors for the last time. After 18 years and around 390,000 visitors, this success story will come to an end. Since it was opened in 1996, the information centre has attracted visitors from Switzerland, Europe, and the rest of the world. So that people can still inform themselves about construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the two information centres at Erstfeld and Pollegio will remain open until the Gotthard Base Tunnel is opened.
The information centre at Sedrun opened when construction work for the NRLA began there in October 1996. Exactly 18 years later, work on the Sedrun section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel is largely complete. This means that the success story of the information centre has also come to an end.
The highest-situated construction site of the NRLA proved to be a magnet for visitors, ninety percent of whom came from Switzerland and the remaining ten percent from all over the world. The visitor guides at Sedrun could welcome guests from more than 100 nations, including countries as far away as China, Egypt, Greece, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Tanzania, Uruguay and Vietnam. The guests also included members of governments and elected representatives from all over Europe, the ambassadors of Great Britain and the USA, top managers of national and international companies, business delegations from Russia and Ukraine, and, as absolute highlight on September 5, 2012, the entire Swiss Federal Council.
Most of the visitors could travel into the tunnel on the construction-site railway to receive on-site explanations of the complex logistics. Several thousand people could also enjoy a ride in the lift down the 800-metres-deep shaft.
Information centres at Erstfeld and Pollegio remain open
However, anyone who is interested can still inform themselves about construction of the world's longest railway tunnel. Until the Gotthard Base Tunnel is officially opened on June 2, 2016, the two information centres at Erstfeld and Pollegio will remain open. Information about their opening times is available at www.alptransit.ch.