Swiss Travel System has announced that the longest Gotthard Base Tunnel has entered into service.

This dual-track tunnel will enable passengers to travel underneath the Alps more quickly, reducing travel time by 30-40 minutes between neighbouring countries.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel will permit passengers to travel under the Gotthard massif, while the new traffic artery will mean frequent connections using new rolling stock.

"This dual-track tunnel will enable passengers to travel underneath the Alps more quickly, reducing travel time by 30-40 minutes."

Having opened in 1 June this year, this 17-year Gotthard Base Tunnel project extends for 57km to a maximum depth of 2300m. SBB has completed safety and technical tests.

The tunnel is aimed at increasing local transport capacity through the Alpine barrier, especially for freight, on the Rotterdam–Basel–Genoa corridor. It will particularly help move freight volumes from trucks to trains.

Image: Gotthard Base Tunnel. Photo: © Swiss Travel System.

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