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NRLA - Articles and news items

Swiss transport policy: top quality service thanks to modern infrastructure

Issue 4 2009, Past issues / 21 July 2009 /

On 20 February 1994, a major political surprise occurred when, against all expectations, the Swiss voting population agreed upon a popular initiative to protect the Alps from transit traffic. This popular decision set the tone for a new Swiss transport policy. From then on, the goal of shifting freight transport through Switzerland from road to rail was anchored in the Constitution. This was the starting gun for the extension and modernisation of rail infrastructure in Switzerland, a process that is already far advanced, although still some way from completion.

A successful year for the NRLA on the Gotthard and Ceneri

Issue 4 2009 / 21 July 2009 /

The year 2008 was highly successful for AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. The work continues as scheduled and as things stand today, there is nothing to prevent the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel at the end of 2017 and the Ceneri Base Tunnel in 2019 as planned.