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Swiss tunnel shows rest of Europe the way

By Fu Jing | China Daily | Updated: 2016-06-07 08:18

Switzerland inspired its European neighbors on Wednesday by announcing the completion of the world's longest traffic tunnel, linking north and south Europe.

Landlocked Switzerland is expected to gain tremendous benefits from the multibillion euro Gotthard Base Tunnel through the heart of the Swiss Alps, which will be used by freight and passenger trains to travel to and from Italy later this year.

The tunnel, which is over 57 kilometers long, cost more than $12 billion and took 17 years to complete. Leading European political figures such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, preoccupied with the continuing headaches of terrorism, the refugee influx and economic stagnation, took time out to celebrate the engineering miracle with Swiss leaders that day.

Swiss tunnel shows rest of Europe the way

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