The official opening of the 33-mile-long Gotthard base tunnel in Switzerland took place on June 1, 2016, thanks in part to LafargeHolcim.
The new railway link through the Alps, including the Gotthard and the Ceneri Base Tunnels, is a Swiss centennial project and one of the largest environmental protection projects in Europe.
Environmental concerns were a priority right from the start of the project. The excavated material was transported in an environmentally friendly manner via conveyor belts for 40 miles. The total amount of excavated material weighed 28.2 million tonnes and LafargeHolcim recycled more than one third of it into aggregates for use in the concrete.
Once the Ceneri base tunnel is complete, LafargeHolcim will have supplied 81 million cubic feet of ready-mix concrete and 1 million tonnes of cement to this unique project.
Learn more about he details of The Gotthard Base Tunnel.