The Ceneri Base Tunnel connects the northern and southern parts of the Swiss Canton of Ticino and serves as the southern approach to the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Yet the tunnel, which opened in September 2020, is more than just a 3.6 billion Swiss franc investment in international rail infrastructure. It also cuts the commute between Locarno and Lugano from 55 to just 22 minutes.
In any given hour, as many as ten trains – four freight and six passenger – pass through the tunnel in each direction. With this tight schedule, reliable operation has top priority. The performance of every system and every component is crucial to ensuring the passengers and cargo reach their destinations not only safely, but on time. Read more