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Government discusses Lötschberg Tunnel expansion

National News // Sept. 26, 2019

Politicians in canton Valais are calling for a full-scale expansion of the Lötschberg Tunnel. 

Pixabay Government discusses Lötschberg Tunnel expansion

There are improvement plans in the pipeline – but these would mean a complete closure of the tunnel for around six months.

Such a long shut down is causing panic in Valais. The economic hit from tourism would be significant, say business leaders – and 13,000 commuters use the tunnel every day.

The government says it will examine the idea of a completely new tunnel. At only 7km long, it would be relatively short.

Valais MPs say when the costings are worked out, it should take into account the cost of a long closure, which would be avoided with a new tunnel.

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