17 years after construction began, the Gotthard Base Tunnel is finally being opened. It's the world's longest railway tunnel. But some of the locals have had to pay a heavy price.
Passengers on a German tour bus had a lucky escape after their vehicle was incinerated in a Swiss tunnel. Travelers on the holiday weekend, however, had to endure the longest traffic jam in 19 years.
The Gotthard Base is the world's longest railway tunnel, running through the Swiss Alps. It's expected to have a huge impact on European freight transport – with significant environmental benefits.
After 17 years and 11 billion euros, the first Gotthard Base Tunnel passenger train departed Zurich on Sunday morning. The express train will save passengers 30 minutes on the trip.
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