Results for the phase
"Idea and planning 1961 - 1983"
Politicians and engineers develop a plan for a new rail tunnel linking the north and south of Switzerland in the 1960s. The primary motives behind this alternative to building more motorways are increasing goods transport volumes and shorter journey times for passengers. However, its realisation is hindered by falling transport demand in the 1970s, conflicting regional interests and the opening of the Gotthard road tunnel in 1980.
The Confederation moots the idea of a «Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel», and commissions Elektro-Watt to develop a project.View event
Rail has held onto its lead for a long time, but with the opening of the Gotthard road tunnel in 1980 road transport through the Alps mounts a strong challenge.View event
Specialists arguing for a Gotthard Base Tunnel point to Switzerland’s important position as a European transit nation.View event
The plan for the first Gotthard Base Tunnel is thwarted by the economic crisis of the mid-1970s.View event
In the 1970s, people become increasingly aware of ecological concerns. Attention focuses on forest dieback and protecting the Alpine environment. The NRLA is one of the beneficiaries.View event
The coordination of transport policy, with funding from the Confederation, forms an important basis for the NRLA.View event