The Lötschberg Committee calls for rapid tunneling with the heart of Basel

The Lötschberg Committee urges the rapid expansion of the base tunnel. However, for the greater efficiency of north-south freight transport, additional gaps in the expansion program would have to be closed.

The committee's delegation stressed Tuesday at a media conference in shell. They also want to continue working in the heart of Basel, key projects in Western Switzerland and the third pass of the Jura River.

The Committee recently won a stage victory: the federal council supplemented the development phase in 2035 with Lötschberg. Today, it is well known that a 35-kilometer tunnel tunnel is not passable by two lanes. Six kilometers are not bored – and 14 kilometers off, but without rail technology.

According to the will of the state administration, this 14 kilometers will be equipped with railway technology. Parliament will have the last word in the summer or autumn of 2019. Then it could be as fast as BLS head Bernard Guillelmon said.

The Rohbauröhre railway technology would be possible from 2022. In 2029, the first tunnels could pass through the tunnel.

Expansion of the tunnel is more than a regional policy project, Viola Amherd, director of the committee, stressed Wallis CVP. Freight transport on the north-south axis needs two fully functional and well-developed Alpine tunnels.

"Since the opening of the base tunnel in 2007, we have unfinished patchwork," said co-researcher Barbara Egger. Freight trains would have to wait on the driveway for up to three hours before they could go through the tunnel. This is not very effective and prevents freight transport from moving to the rail.

Money for Basel

But with the decoration of the shell tube it is not in the committee's opinion. Deliveries would have to be expanded. The key factor was freight and passenger transport with the heart of Basel, a project for the S-Bahn underground line between SBB and Badischer Bahnhof.

Sources of the planning project would now have to be available, Basel Council of Claude Janiak (SP) requested. "It's about 120 million francs, which corresponds to a share of only one percent of the total investment in the expansion phase of 2035."

It would not be in the best interest of the country if the railway gate at the gate to Switzerland stagnated due to a lack of financial resources for strategic planning. "Because when the Basel area cools, all Switzerland coughs."

Projects in Western Switzerland

The State Council of Jacques Melly (CVP) has been campaigning for key projects in Western Switzerland, including a direct line in Neuchâtel Jura. Realization of a direct line between Neuchâtel, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle would make more sense than just decorate a railway line that would need reconstruction.

The Lötschberg Committee has committed itself to integrating this "mature project" into the enlargement phase in 2035. The Committee has about 330 members, including the cantons of Bern, Basel-Land, Basel-Stadt, Freiburg, Neuchâtel, Solothurn and Valais. 30 cities and municipalities, as well as more than 140 MEPs from the Confederation and Cantons.

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13 November 2018, 11:04

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