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. 


A limited number of places is available for the media. Requests for accreditation can be made between 6 and 20 August 2020.

Access to the premises will only be granted to accredited persons with an access badge. It is not possible to obtain accreditation at the site on the day.

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. 


In the first week of September, Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and the president of the Ticino cantonal council Norman Gobbi will open the new Ceneri Base Tunnel, the final link in the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA). The tunnel will be officially handed over to the operator SBB on 4 September. A day previously, Ms Sommaruga will meet representatives of Switzerland’s partner countries. The NRLA – the heart of the rail freight corridor running through the Alps – is key to Switzerland’s policy of shifting freight transport from road to rail. The Tunnel is still expected to come into operation in December 2020.Thanks to the Ceneri Base Tunnel, Ticino also gains an attractive suburban railway.

Principal partner SBB celebrations.

  • APG
  • BancaStato
  • Stadler


  • Ticino
  • Logo SBB
  • Bellinzona
  • Lugano
  • Locarno