SWITZERLAND: The new Gotthard Base tunnel through the Swiss Alps, the world’s longest rail tunnel will be inaugurated on the 11th of December 2016. Linking Erstfeld in North Alps to the southern portal of Bodio, the tunnel took a total of 17 years to construct. The total length of the tunnel is 57 km and it is built at a maximum depth of about 2,300 meters. The tunnel will reduce the travel time between the south and north regions to a mere 17 minutes. Experts are deeming this tunnel as not only being a pioneering architectural marvel but also as a defining example of Swiss precision, planning and innovation.
The tunnel also set new benchmarks in the field of ecologocially sustainable architecture. The tunnel is pwered completely by hydroelectricity. Also, all the building sites along the course of the tunnel have been re-naturalized. Moreover, the pure and clean water from the mountain reserves has been routed into a vaulted drainage system that will be used for domestic fish farming.
By the end of 2016, both travellers as well as rail enthusaists will get to experience a pioneering piece of architecture of the world’s longest rail tunnel as well as visit the yesteryear construction marvels by means of a round trip through the classic Alpine Train Travel route of the 19th century as well as the current state-of-the-art route.