Worlds Lengthiest and Deepest Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel Inaugurated in Switzerland [ Current Affairs ]

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Gotthard Base Tunnel the worlds lengthiest and deepest railway tunnel was inaugurated in Switzerland and full service of twin-bore tunnel will available from December 2016. It is 57-kilometer long in length and links northern and southern Europe and also has reduced travel time for many rail routes.

Image of World’S Lengthiest Gotthard BaseTunnel

Image of World’S Lengthiest Gotthard BaseTunnel

World’S Lengthiest and Deepest Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel

  • Before these 53.9 kilometers Seikan tunnel of Japan was the longest rail tunnel in the world.

Key Facts

  • Through the Alps Mountain this twin-bore Gotthard Base Tunnel is the first flat low-level route and is located 2.3 km deep under the Alps.
  • 2, 400 workers have built it in 17 years time duration at a construction cost of over 12 billion dollars under the AlpTransit project which is also recognized as New Railway Link through the Alps (NRLA).
  • The project contains two single-track tunnels linking Erstfeld (Uri) with Bodio (Ticino) and passing below Sedrun (Graubunden).
Purpose of the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Purpose of the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Purpose of the Gotthard Base Tunnel

  • After the AlpTransit project was accepted with 64 % of Swiss voters in a 1992 the construction of the tunnel was began in 1996.
  • In October 2010 the drilling operations in the eastern tunnel were completed.

- Published on: June 3, 2016