World's longest rail tunnel to open in Switzerland
June 1, Bern: The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel is to be officially opened in Switzerland, after almost two decades of construction work.
The 57km (35-mile) twin-bore Gotthard tunnel will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between northern and southern Europe, reports said.
Switzerland said that it would revolutionise European freight transport. The tunnel will overtake Japan's 53.9 km Seikan rail tunnel as the longest in the world and push the 50.5 km Channel Tunnel linking the UK and France into third place.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi are due to attend the grand opening.
"It is just part of the Swiss identity," federal transport office director Peter Fueglistaler told Reuters news agency.
The Oslo Times