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The planning for the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, the first of the base tunnels on the New Railway Link through the Alps (NRLA) to open, has entered the next stage.
Starting on 17 August 2020, the details of the construction project to upgrade the track through the Lötschberg Base Tunnel so that more of it will be double track will become the subject of a public consultation. BLS is also still moving forward with its plan to deliver a full upgrade to two tunnel bores.
It is the will of the Swiss parliament that the tracks in the 35km Lötschberg Base Tunnel are upgraded over a 14km stretch, between Ferden and Mitholz. Consequently, 28km of the 35km would be double track, leaving 7km of single track remaining.
These plans will be the focus of the public consultation that starts on Monday, 17 August. It is the next step in the planning approval process, which the Federal Office of Transport (BAV) is overseeing.
In late 2020 BLS will be able to make its plans for the full upgrade to two tunnel bores available and they will then be similarly mature to the partial upgrade plans.
This article first appeared on railway-news.com
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