After ten years in operation, the Lötschberg Base Tunnel has notched up some impressive figures. It is used by approximately 30,000 trains a year, and around 50 passenger and 60 goods trains every day. In the space of a decade, the number of people travelling through the tunnel daily has risen from 7,600 to more than 13,000, while goods traffic has quadrupled. Utilisation is high - too high at peak times - but there is no way to significantly boost capacity, as part of the tunnel line is single-track only. Planning for an upgrade has already begun; it is estimated to take around 13 years.
« Over 98% of trains scheduled on the base line run on time. »Lötschberg Committee, Fact Sheet No. 8, 23.05.2017