Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Early Breakthrough for NRLA

Progress Going Well with Trans-Alps Tunnel
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND - Construction is proceeding well on the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) according to the program managers, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. The Erstfeld to Amsteg tunnel section has been completed six months earlier than planned due good progress made by drilling crews.

The projects goals are to remove transalpine freight from Swiss roads by providing a flat rail link for high-speed trains and radically improve freight connections between north and south Europe. At the heart of the new transalpine rail route is Gotthard Base Tunnel. With a length of 57 km, the world's longest tunnel should become operational at the end of 2017. In addition to this some 133 km or 87 percent of the total tunnel network and subsidiary evacuations have now been excavated.

According to the construction programme, the final breakthrough between Sedrun and Faido will take place at the beginning of 2011.