Track for the Gotthard Base Tunnel

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is scheduled to open in 2016, and trains on the new line will in future travel at up to 250 kilometres per hour. Basler & Hofmann was responsible for the track in the two 57-kilometre-long single-track tunnel tubes and on the open access routes to the north and south of the Alps.

Expertise involved

Track design

Client

AlpTransit Gotthard AG

High availability and low life cycle costs

Slab track is to be installed in the tunnel, and ballasted track on the open lines. A total of 25 points are planned on the stretch, as well as four underground track changes. 

The new Alpine railway link through the Gotthard mountain is one of the central sections of the Swiss rail network, with demands on availability correspondingly high. Invitations to tender for track engineering were, therefore, based on the RAMS approach (reliability, availability, maintainability, safety), and life cycle costs (LCCs) also had a significant role to play in the evaluation of installations. 

Our services

Lead management in the Gobatech consortium: project planning, invitations to tender, client support (preparation of service contracts, site acceptance, commissioning).