Grand Opening of the World’s Longest and Deepest Rail Tunnel
The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel has officially opened in Switzerland on June 1, 2016, after almost two decades of construction work. The Gotthard rail link has taken 20 years to build, and cost more than $12bn (£8.2bn). It will, the Swiss say, revolutionise Europe’s freight transport.
The 57km (35-mile) twin-bore Gotthard base tunnel will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between northern and southern Europe. Switzerland says it will revolutionise European freight transport. Goods currently carried on the route by a million lorries a year will go by train instead. The tunnel will shave off many hours for both passengers and goods transportation. It took 23 years to complete but, measuring 57 kilometers from portal to portal, it is also the world’s longest and deepest traffic tunnel ever built.
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