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Brenner Base Tunnel construction - Articles and news items

Brenner Base Tunnel makes construction headway

Rail industry news / 7 April 2015 /

Work has begun on the Brenner Base Tunnel part of the 64-km long rail line between Munich and Verona.

The Brenner Base Tunnel – A railway line for the future

Issue 4 2014 / 5 August 2014 /

The construction of the 64km-long Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) is in full swing. After the completion of three construction lots in Italy and Austria with an investment of €550 million, the next construction lots are on the way. Konrad Bergmeister, CEO at BBT SE – the company tasked with construction of the tunnel – provides more details about this huge project…

Brenner Base Tunnel construction continues as expected

Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /

Construction of the 64km-long Brenner Base Tunnel is in full swing. Two sections of the exploratory tunnel are completed, the access tunnel in Mules now connects the exploratory tunnel with the surface, and two more logistic tunnels are ready for use.

The Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) is a straight, flat railway tunnel connecting Austria and Italy. It runs from Innsbruck to Fortezza (55km) and connects to the existing Innsbruck bypass, where a further parallel rescue tunnel is being built as part of this project. If you add the Innsbruck railway bypass, which has already been built and which is the endpoint for the Brenner Base Tunnel, the length of the entire tunnel through the Alps is 64km. Once finished, it will be the longest underground railway infrastructure in the world.

The BBT constitutes the centrepiece of the high-capacity railway line between Munich and Verona. At the same time, it represents the key element of the European Corridor No. 1 Berlin–Palermo which runs for 2,200km from North to South, also known as the TEN-1 axis. The European Union supports the expansion of this transnational stretch and considers it a top priority.

Tunnelling for and into the future of European railways

Issue 5 2010 / 17 September 2010 /

The remarkable volume of tunnelling on a worldwide basis during the last two or three decades (see Figure 1) is not defined by the demands to improve the railway networks in many countries. Stimulation in this direction is especially given by the generally highly ranked socio-political requirement of improved mobility – both for persons and goods – achieving at the same time a better environmental balance.