World's longest and deepest railway tunnel opens in Switzerland

World's longest and deepest railway tunnel opens in Switzerland

The world's longest railway tunnel is being officially opened in Switzerland.

Leaders from France, Germany and Italy were attending a ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the 35.4-mile (57km) tunnel through the Alps.

It has taken 17 years to build at a cost of 12.2bn Swiss francs (€11.02bn).

The thoroughfare aims to cut travel times, ease road traffic and take cargo away from pollution-spewing lorries trucking between Europe's north and south.

Once it opens for commercial service in December, the two-way tunnel will take up to 260 freight trains and 65 passenger trains per day.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel eclipses Japan's 33.4-mile (53.8km) Seikan Tunnel as the world's longest and burrows deeper - 1.4 miles (2.3km) - than any other rail tunnel.

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