Press release

Today, Thursday, December 16, 2010, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. and the MPC Consortium signed the work contract for construction of the Lugano-Bellinzona viaduct at Nodo di Camorino. Member companies of the MPC consortium are Muttoni, Pizzarotti AG and CSC AG. The contract value for Construction Lot  781 is around 40 million Swiss francs. Execution work will start in January 2011 and finish in 2014. "The Lugano-Bellinzona railway viaduct at Camorino is one of the most important...More

From the beginning of December 2010, the book "Gotthard-Basistunnel – der längste Tunnel der Welt" is available in bookshops. On 268 pages, the origins and construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel up to the final breakthrough in October 2010 are documented. The book is the second volume of a trilogy about the construction project of the century. The book gives an insight into the world of tunnel construction and presents an overview of the entire Gotthard Base Tunnel project....More

The collaboration between AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. and the environmental protection organisations with objection rights is working well. This was the conclusion reached by the Swiss Environmental Organisations (USO), represented by Dr. Martin Furter, following his visit to the construction sites of the Ceneri Base Tunnel on October 29, 2010. The USO acknowledge that the collaboration results in ATG giving a high priority to environmental protection in the planning and execution phases. For...More

Masterly surveying performance in the world's longest railway tunnel: only eight centimetres horizontally and one centimetre vertically were the deviations at the final breakthrough of the Gotthard Base Tunnel on October 15, 2010. At a professional conference held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, some 300 surveying experts from Switzerland, Germany and Austria paid tribute to the precision that was achieved. The focus was on the challenges that are presented to...More

World record on the Gotthard: The longest railway tunnel in the world has become a reality. On 15 October 2010 in the east tunnel, 30 km from the north portal and 27 km from the south portal, the final breakthrough of the Gotthard took place. At about 14:30, the tunnel boring machine, drilling from Faido, broke through the last metre of rock on the route to Sedrun. The tunnel breakthrough was highly accurate. At 8 cm horizontally and 1 cm vertically, the deviation was very small. In his...More

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...More

In the spring of 2010 in the Bodio section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel there were indications that the plastic pipes of the drainage system that were embedded in concrete did not conform to the work contract. The suspicion arose that the pipes were not made from new material but partly from recycled material. AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd therefore initiated investigations in all sections of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. First results confirm that some of the piping material that was installed does...More

22. September 2010

On September 22, 2010, the last blast in the northern section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel took place. The miners of the Gotthard Base Tunnel North consortium blasted the last metres of rock in the branch-off construction of the Uri Underground Route Long in the Erstfeld-Amsteg section. The excavation and driving work in the Canton of Uri has thus come to an end after 11 years. The first blast for the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the  Canton of Uri took place in November 1999. In the last 11...More

Today, September 22, 2010, at 2.20 am, a serious accident occurred on the AlpTransit construction site in the Ceneri Base Tunnel at Sigirino. A team of workers was occupied with rock supporting measures. For reasons that are not yet known, while the workers were drilling for anchors a block of rock fell from a height of 7-8 metres and struck a 54-years-old Italian miner. After alerting the emergency services, the miner's colleagues gave the injured man first aid. He was driven by ambulance...More

On Saturday, September 11, 2010, the Construction Site Open Day at Sigirino once again attracted many interested people. The approximately 6,700 visitors informed themselves on site about the state of work on the Ceneri Base Tunnel. Sizeable numbers already arrived in the morning: almost 7,000 people from all over Switzerland and Lombardy visited the AlpTransit construction site at Sigirino. On a walk round the construction site, the visitors had the opportunity to inspect the state of the...More

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