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The Alptransit project – Lötschberg, Gotthard and Monte Ceneri tunnels through the Alps


The Lötschberg, Gotthard base and Monte Ceneri base tunnels make up the Alpine rail link project. The idea to dig the three tunnels under the Swiss Alps was approved by Swiss voters in 1992. Twenty-eight years later, the project is symbolically completed, as the last tunnel, the Monte Ceneri, was handed over to the Federal railway company, SBB CFF FFS, who will exploit it.

The three tunnels have significantly shortened travel time between the two sides of the Swiss Alps. Journey from Bern to Milan now takes one hour less, and from Zurich to Milan 30 minutes less.

The Gotthard base tunnel gained international interest, as it's the world's longest railway tunnel ever build. The Lötschberg tunnel, when first inaugurated, was the third world's longest.
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