The NRLA lies at the heart of Swiss transport policy. By constructing three base tunnels plus various upgrades, Switzerland has created a highly-efficient railway infrastructure along the transalpine corridor. 

The NRLA means shorter journey times, more trains and better quality for passengers and freight. It lays the foundation for shifting traffic from road to rail, thus also helping to protect the Alpine environment. 

In order to exploit these opportunities to the full, international cooperation between all parties involved is crucial so as to achieve the highest possible availability, punctuality and quality for rail services right across Europe.

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Historical background.

The key documents on the NRLA project are kept in the Swiss Federal Archives. They have been edited and put into context, and are now available in the Alptransit Portal. From the first Gotthard tunnel to the Ceneri: discover a century of railway history in words, sound and pictures!

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Transport policy.

Switzerland lies at the centre of one of Europe's most important freight transport corridors. With its modern, efficient rail infrastructure, Switzerland offers freight and passenger services an alternative to road transport through the Alps.

In several referendums, the Swiss population voted to transfer transalpine traffic from road to rail, making it environmentally-friendly, efficient and space-saving. The population created a separate fund to finance the project. Some CHF 23 billion was invested in the NRLA

Principal partner SBB celebrations.

  • APG
  • BancaStato
  • Stadler


  • Ticino
  • SBB
  • Bellinzona
  • Lugano
  • Locarno

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