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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Switzerland Opens World's Longest, Deepest Rail Tunnel

The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel, measuring 57 km in length, situated 2.3km deep under the Alps was inaugurated in Switzerland.
The 57-kilometer-long Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) will connect northern and southern Europe and shorten travel time for many rail routes.

It overtakes Japan's Seikan tunnel, which measures 53.9 kilometers, as the longest rail tunnel in the world.
The tunnel runs between Erstfeld in central Switzerland's Uri canton and Bodio in the southern Ticino region.
Railway trains traveling at speeds up to 200 kilometers per hour will cut the journey between Zurich and Milan will cut the travel time.
The construction of the tunnel began in 1996 was  built in 17 years by 2,400 workers, at a cost of over USD 12 billion.
The massive rig that was used to bore through the mountains, measured at 410 meters long, removed 28 million tons of rock.

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