Lotschberg Base Tunnel, Frutigen

The Lötschberg Base Tunnel is a half-completed 34.57km railway base tunnel on the BLS AG's Lötschberg line cutting through the Bernese Alps of Switzerland some 400m below the existing Lötschberg Tunnel. It runs between Frutigen, Berne, and Raron, Valais. Breakthrough was in April 2005 and construction ended in 2006. The opening ceremony was in June 2007. Full scale operation began in December 2007. It was built as one of the two centerpieces of the NRLA project.
Built to ease lorry traffic on Swiss roads, the LBT allows an increased number of lorries and trailers to be loaded onto trains in Germany, pass through Switzerland on rail and be unloaded in Italy. It also cuts down travel time for German tourists going to Swiss ski resorts and puts the Valais into commuting distance to Bern by reducing travel time by 50%. The total cost was SFr 4.3 billion (as of 2007, corrected to 1998 prices). This and the Gotthard Base Tunnel are the two centerpieces of the Swiss NRLA project.
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  • It’s a must do thing . We took this tunnel on our way to Zermatt from Lauterbrunnen . First time experience and was fantastic. Sitting on driver seat and not driving the car and the car is moving . Wo...  more »
  • It is a tunnel which exits from the Bisp to Bern. In the tunnel of about 35km, the limited express train is about 20 minutes. Kurt Lane is also running frequently.
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  • Dont forget that the new 34 km long Lötschberg Basis tunnel is NOT for cars !! One have to drive 10 km further up the only road in the valley to the old Lötschberg tunnel in village Kandersteg. Kind of interesting the old 15 km long tunnel is located 400 meter above the new tunnel.
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