Since the beginning of its construction in 1999, 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.
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.
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 railway in Switzerland starts running scheduled passenger and freight service through the new Gotthard Base Tunnel on Sunday, December 11. It will make travel through the Swiss Alps faster.
The Bernina Express travels through the Swiss Alps along one of the world’s most scenic railway lines, taking in 55 tunnels and 196 bridges. Part of the route has Unesco World Heritage status.
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