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Lotschberg Base Tunnel, Frutigen

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|}The Lötschberg Base Tunnel is a 34.57km railway tunnel on the BLS AG's Lötschberg line cutting through the Alps of Switzerland some 400m below the existing Lötschberg Tunnel. It is currently the world's longest land tunnel and accommodates passenger and freight trains. 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.ProjectBuilt 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 parts of the Swiss AlpTransit initiative.
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  • Surcharge tunnel through the mountains. Additional charge, so as to make this tunnel it took a lot of effort and money. In any case, go in the dark, when you're driven, it's better than going on the serpentine in the mountains. Safer and calmer.
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  • The tunnel, which we rode in Zermatt. Quite a convenient means of transportation-your Clipper dipped on the train, and you drive about 20 minutes. Worth all this fun is not cheap and all in Switzerland.
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  • The tunnel allows to move from Bern to the Valais and vice versa very simply. Just on the train, or even load the car in Frutigen.
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