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Impulse Lecture by Heinz Ehrbar in Munich/D

The Gotthard is a myth in Switzerland. Developments spanning centuries and historically significant events right up to the founding of Switzerland are associated with this region. During the 1930s, the initial proposals for a Base Tunnel were developed. In the early 1970s the concept of a railway Base Tunnel was contemplated instead of a motorway tunnel – however without success.

The perceptively negative effects of road traffic in the narrow Alpine valleys following the opening of the road tunnel in 1980 called for a railway Base Tunnel. In a decision-making process, which is only possible...

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Issue 02/2018 Switzerland

Gotthard Base Tunnel wins the 2018 Euro­pean Railway Award

On February 20, 2018, Peter Jedelhauser (SBB) and Renzo Simoni (former CEO of AlpTransit Gotthard AG) were in Brussels to collect the 2018 European Railway Award on behalf of everyone involved in...

Issue 04/2016 Switzerland

Switzerland celebrates the Gotthard Base Tunnel

On 1 June 2016, 17 years after the first blast in the main tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel  was officially opened at a five-hour ceremony. Politicians from Switzerland and other countries accepted...

Issue 06/2017 Switzerland

Ceneri Base Tunnel – Installation of Railway Equipment has begun

At the north portal of the Ceneri Base Tunnel, installation of railway equipment in the east bore started in summer 2017. The 15.4 km long base tunnel between Camorino and Vezia will be equipped in...

Issue 01/2017 Germany

Forum on Tunnelling: Technical, contractual and financial Challenges of major Projects

The first Forum on Tunnelling (Forum Tunnelbau) took place on 18 November 2016 at the RWTH Aachen University. The occasion for the event was the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel – a mammoth...

Issue 04/2016 Switzerland

Tunnelling the Gotthard: Tunnellers present comprehensive Engineering Book about the Gotthard Base Tunnel

In the middle of May, a few weeks before the official ceremony to open the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), the Swiss Tunnelling Society (Fachgruppe für Untertagbau/FGU) presented their comprehensive...