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The World's Longest Tunnel Opens In Swiss Alps! - Friday, July 01, 2016

The World's Longest Tunnel Opens In Swiss Alps!

The worlds longest tunnel was recently opened in Switzerland. Nearly 7 decades after it was first proposed and 17 years after construction, but this was all within the time frame and budget. 

The Gotthard Base tunnel is 35 miles, and will revolutionize freight and passenger transportation.   

The tunnel has overtaken the longest tunnel in Japan - Seikan rail (53.9km) and the English Channel (50.45km)  at 57km.  

Building the Gotthard involved some tricky engineering challenges, as it runs under an older tunnel. In total 3,900 staff including 1,000 drivers will have received training. It took 43,800 hours of non stop work from 125 labourers rotating three shifts to lay the slab track. 

The project cost more than $12bn, when it opens for commercial service this December, about 260 freight trains, and 65 passenger trains will pass though each day. 

More than 80,000 members of the public attended the celebrations held. Swiss planners have dreamt of such a tunnel for decades, and now all the hard work has paid off!


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