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Europe lead the way with record breaking rail projects

02 Jun 2016
Reaching a depth of 2,300 meters and stretching 35 miles the world’s longest tunnel was officially opened on Wednesday after 2 decades of construction.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between the towns of Erstfeld in the north and Bodio in the south reaching speeds of up to 250 kilometers an hour (155 mph), according to the Swiss Travel System.

Wednesday also saw the announcement from the Danish government that construction contracts worth DKK 30 billion have been awarded for the world’s longest road/rail tunnel.

The four main construction lots cover the construction of the two tunnels, portals and ramps, and dredging and reclamation.

At 18 kilometres, the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, which will link Rødbyhavn in Denmark and Puttgarden on the German island of Fehmarn, will be the longest immersed road/rail tunnel in the world.

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