Mode of Construction for the New Rosshäusern Tunnel changed

The 43 km long, largely single-track line between Berne and Neuchâtel in the Cantons of Berne, Freiburg and Neuenburg is part of the route from Berne to Paris. It is currently being developed with twin tracks by the private rail company BLS AG and will then be suitable for speeds of up to 160 km/h rather than the present 90 km/h. Work started on the Rosshäusern-Mauss section in 2012, which is also straightened and shortened by 300 m. The new 2080 m long, twin-track Rosshäusern Tunnel represents the core of this construction section.

The new tunnel will replace the single-track old Rosshäusern Tunnel with its many bends, dating back to 1901, which could not be redeveloped for economic reasons. The old tunnel is also to be used as a drainage tunnel as from 2018 after it has been properly adapted. Work on the new tunnel commenced in 2013 and it was originally scheduled to become operational at the end of 2016. Some 190 million Swiss francs (160 million euros) were earmarked for the overall costs of this major project including restoring the Flüelabach watercourse alongside the old line. The new tunnel with its...

Related articles:

Issue 2015-05 Switzerland

Rosshäusern Tunnel Breakthrough

An important phase has been completed in the construction of the approximately 2 km long, two-track Rosshäusern Tunnel on the line from Berne to Neuchâtel. After the decision to change the method of...

more
Issue 2012-05 Switzerland

New Rosshäusern Tunnel for Route Development

The 43 km long, mainly single-track route Berne-Kerzers-Neuchâtel (1901) in the Cantons of Berne, Freiburg and Neuenburg is part of the Berne-Paris link and the Berne S-Bahn transit system. The BLS...

more
Issue 2011-08 Germany

New Ebensfeld-Erfurt Rail Route: Eierberge and Füllbach Tunnels

The 3,756 m long, twin-track Eierberge Tunnel was broken through at its south portal on August 29, 2011 following 14 months of construction. The tunnel is part of the new and upgraded...

more
Issue 2012-05 Sweden

Stockholm’s Söderstrom Tunnel broken through

The Citybanan is a 6 km long, twin-track S-Bahn tunnel (over 500 trains/day) in the middle of Stockholm and provides the link between Tomteboda on the northern limits of the city with the suburb of...

more
Issue 2020-03 Germany

Stuttgart 21: Excavation of Feuerbach Tunnel Is Finished

Driving for the Feuerbach Tunnel, which connects the existing railway lines to and from Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Paris with the future Stuttgart Central Station, was completed with a tunnel...

more