NRLA – the Rail Link through the Alps
NRLA Lötschberg –
Regional, national and for Europe
The Lötschberg base tunnel is now a firm fixture the Swiss transport landscape. As many as more than a quarter of a million trains passed through the tunnel from the day it opened on 9 December 2007 until the end of 2015. Whether commuters on their way from Valais to Berne, holidaymakers travelling from German-speaking Switzerland to the Valais mountains or business travellers making the journey to northern Italy, the tunnel reduces the journey time for them all.
Freight too, largely in containers, passes through the Lötschberg section of the Rotterdam–Genoa international corridor at all hours of the day and night. In tandem with the mountain route via Kandersteg and Goppenstein, the base tunnel forms a complete alpine transit system.
This masterpiece of technical and civil engineering is now traversed by around 50 passenger trains and up to 60 freight trains per day. Utilisation of the tunnel’s capacity therefore averages over 80% and on some days even 100%, which means that trains have to rely on skilful traffic management to keep things running smoothly.
NRLA Lötschberg - construction,
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