Government puts forward new road plans
The Swiss government has put forward its plans to improve the road network and eliminate the bottlenecks.
The transport minister, Doris Leuthard, says there needs to be a significant road building programme.
The number of cars on the roads has gone up by more than 50% since 1990.
Yesterday the government gave the greenlight for CHF 2bn to be spent over the next two years – and another CHF 11bn is expected to be invested in the roads by 2030.
The main hotspots to be tackled include around Lucerne where a new bypass will be built and the roads will be improved around Crissier in Lausanne.
There was some disappointment as certain projects were pushed back - such as the widening of the A1 autoroute at Aarau East. That will be made into a six lane highway, but not until 2030.