Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Plans for second Gotthard tunnel rejected

Share this article

11:26 CEST+02:00

Voters in Canton Uri have rejected the planned construction of a second road tunnel under the Gotthard massif, a non-governmental group said.

The new tunnel would serve as an alternative route when the main one, a heavily trafficked motorway, closes down to allow for expansion work.

Currently serving as one of the major links through the Alps, the Gotthard tunnel is often clogged with holiday-makers heading south for the summer. The world’s longest rail tunnel will soon run close by, and is scheduled to open to traffic in 2017.

The outcome of the vote was hailed as a victory by the Alpine Initiative and other environmental organisations that aim to reduce road traffic in the mountains.

The groups said in a statement that train shuttles could be considered as an alternative to the second tunnel. 

 

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

12 unexpected facts you probably didn't know about Iceland

Iceland has long been known as one of the most beautiful places in the world, but over the past few years it has also come to be viewed as a rather unusual hotbed of football talent. Here are 12 other things that you might not know about Iceland.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement