AlpTransitThe future for TILO
AlpTransit is part of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA). The new railway link crosses the Alps with minimal gradients and wide curves. The flat route allows efficient rail transport of freight while shortening journey times for national and international passenger traffic. In Ticino three major works are part of the AlpTransit initiative.
Gotthard Base Tunnel
The Gotthard Base Tunnel consists of two 57-kilometre-long single-track tubes. Including all cross passages, access tunnels and shafts, the total length of the tunnel system is over 152 kilometres. It links the north portal at Erstfeld with the south portal at Bodio. With a rock overburden of up to 2,300 metres, the Gotthard Base Tunnel is not only the world’s longest, but also the world’s deepest railway tunnel constructed to date.
With the opening of this base tunnel, the old Gotthard mountain line is integrated in the TILO network, with regular connections to Erstfeld.
Ceneri Base Tunnel
After the Gotthard Base Tunnel and the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, the 15.4-kilometre-long Ceneri Base Tunnel is Switzerland’s third-largest tunnel construction project. Although the Gotthard Base Tunnel forms the heart of the NRLA, it is only together with the Ceneri Base Tunnel that it creates a continuous flat route.
This project will be revolutionary for TILO. Thanks to this tunnel, the travelling time between north and south will be cut in half. New connections, like the RE80, will link Locarno to Milano Centrale without passengers having to switch trains.
The Locarno–Lugano link is a project requested and financed entirely by the canton of Ticino to meet its regional traffic needs. It creates a direct connection between Locarno and Lugano and reduces the journey time.