The costs

16 April 2004
The funding debate heats up
The funding debate heats up

The NRLA is expensive. In 2004 Max Friedli (Director of the Federal Office of Transport, left), Pierre Andre Meyrat (Finance Administration, centre) and Peter Siegenthaler (Director of the Finance Administration) discuss new additional costs. (2004, Keystone)

In 2003 a report concludes that the costs of the Gotthard line could rise by 516 million francs and those of the Lötschberg by just under 300 million. Funding for the NRLA has been the subject of intense discussion since the late 1980s by the supervisory delegation, the Federal Office of Transport, working groups within the Administration, and construction management. In 2014 the Federal Office of Transport estimates the costs at 18.2 billion francs (at 1998 prices).

« The estimated final cost of all NRLA projects together as at 31 December 2003 is CHF 15,811 million. »

Federal Office of Transport, Special report on cost growth, p. 5, 16.04.2004

Regionaljournal Zentralschweiz: Gespräch mit unterschiedlichen Exponenten

1988, Radio Broadcast: 1988 Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, with kind permission. First broadcast on 15. February 1988, «Regional News, Central Switzerland»

Regionaljournal Zentralschweiz: Discussion with representatives of various groups, 1988 (Radio Broadcast: 1988 Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, with kind permission. First broadcast on 15. February 1988, «Regional News, Central Switzerland»)

15.811 bn Swiss francs

total cost of all NRLA projects as estimated in 2003 (based on 1998 prices), 1.1 billion higher than the previous estimate

53 per cent

increase in estimated NRLA cost between 1998 and 2010, due in part to enhanced safety measures and upgraded technology

18.85 bn Swiss francs

total cost of all NRLA projects as estimated in 2010 (based on 1998 prices)

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