The world's longest tunnel opened Gotthard Base (Video)

Gotthard Base, the longest tunnel in the world, was opened: The world's longest and deepest railway tunnel, Gotthard Base, with a length of 57 kilometers and a depth of 2 meters, was opened, passing under the Swiss Alps and shortening the distance between north and south of Europe.
100 has been accredited as a media member at 300 to the opening ceremony where a thousand people are expected.
Christian, Muslim and Jewish clerics took part in the ceremony also took place.
Swiss Confederation President Johann Schneider-Ammann and many ministers attended the opening ceremony, which started in Rynacht, the northern entrance of the tunnel near the canton of Uri.
Schneider-Ammann will be accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President François Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the ceremony to be held at the south exit of the tunnel near the canton of Ticino.
Construction began in 1999 and from Turkey Rönesans 10 billion Euros was spent for the tunnel, which was built by the consortium including İnşaat.
The cost of the entire project, which is expected to be completed in 2020, is estimated to reach 20,8 billion Euros.
More than 17 workers took part in the 2-year construction works.
During the construction of the tunnel 28,2 million tons of rock was removed from the underground.
Rönesans Johannes Dotter, Senior Manager of Heitkamp Swiss, one of the group companies, explained that the total length of the 57-kilometer-long tunnel, consisting of two parallel single-line tubes, together with cross-passes, access tunnels and shafts, exceeds 152 kilometers.
The tunnel has a daily 65 passenger and 240 freight train capacity, Dotter said, adding that since last October there has been a test drive going around the world around 2 times.
With the tunnel shortening the distance between the south and north of Europe, going from Milan, Switzerland to Milan, Italy will decrease by one hour to 2 hours and 40 minutes.
The Gotthard Base tunnel has passed the 54-kilometer Seikan Tunnel in Japan, becoming the world's longest railway tunnel.



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