Ceneri 2020 – a quantum leap for European mobility.

With its "new rail link through the Alps" project (NRLA), Switzerland is providing modern and efficient railway infrastructure on the Europe's North-South transport corridor through the Alps – as an environmentally-friendly alternative to road-borne freight and passenger traffic. Once the Ceneri base tunnel becomes operational in December 2020, the NRLA routes will be complete. The age-old dream of a level-track rail route through the Alps will be a reality. 

Opening of Ceneri Base Tunnel – NRLA completed.

President Simonetta Sommaruga officially opened the Ceneri Base Tunnel alongside Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and the president of the Ticino Cantonal Council, Norman Gobbi, thereby marking the completion of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) launched in 1992. This epic achievement strengthens Switzerland’s policy of transferring freight traffic from road to rail and protecting the Alps. Not only will rail travellers benefit from shorter journey times from north to south, thanks to the Ceneri, Ticino also gains an attractive urban railway. In their speeches, SBB CEO Vincent Ducrot and ATG CEO Dieter Schwank also stressed the importance of the NRLA for Switzerland and for rail travel.

Events to mark the opening of the Ceneri base tunnel and the completion of the NRLA.

The festivities to mark the opening of the Ceneri Base Tunnel and the completion of the NRLA are being planned jointly by the federal government, AlpTransit Gotthard AG (ATG) and SBB. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the organising committee has decided to scale down the events planned. 

Principal partner SBB celebrations.

  • APG
  • BancaStato
  • Stadler


  • Ticino
  • Logo SBB
  • Bellinzona
  • Lugano
  • Locarno