Tests on the rail and safety technology systems of the new Gotthard line begin on 1 October 2015. By the end of May 2016, over 5,000 journeys with different trains reaching speeds of up to 275 kilometres an hour need to be completed. The aim is to ensure that every component of the tunnel is fit for purpose. Simulated accidents and evacuations test the safety systems and emergency responses.
« On 8 November, a train thundered through the western bore at top speed for the first time. »Neue Luzerner Zeitung newspaper, front page, 19.11.2015