The Gotthard Base Tunnel.
Opened in 2016, the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is the world’s longest railway tunnel at 57 kilometres in length. The New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) along the Gotthard axis was completed when the Ceneri Base Tunnel entered operation in December 2020. The NRLA Gotthard axis was constructed by AlpTransit Gotthard AG (ATG).
For both people and goods, the NRLA offers a quicker and more reliable connection between the north and south. Faster, more frequent and convenient services together with new, modernised rolling stock considerably increase the transport quality on the north-south axis and offer more seating for passengers. With the completion of the NRLA, Ticino also now has a flexible regional express network that is well connected to the rest of Switzerland.
When it comes to freight traffic, the new Gotthard tunnel offers increased capacity, faster services and greater reliability. Thanks to the two base tunnels and upgrades to access routes, longer trains can be operated and larger loads (4-metre corridor) can be transported. Customers of freight transport companies benefit from efficient, congestion-free and environmentally friendly solutions for their logistics needs. This significantly increases the competitiveness of rail on the north-south axis.
AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd (ATG) was founded on 12 May 1998. The company is a subsidiary entirely owned by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and headquartered in Lucerne. It will be dissolved through a merger with SBB on 30 April 2023.
SBB has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the Gotthard north-south axis for media professionals.