The first high-speed train from Stadler Rail to be used in the new Gotthard north-south tunnel through the Alps has been officially unveiled at Bussnang in northeast Switzerland.This content was published on May 18, 2017 - 18:42
The new trains, which are expected to be rolled out from the end of 2019, will be able to travel at a maximum speed of 249 kilometres per hour. The trains are 400 metres long and have 810 seats. They offer 40% more capacity than the EuroCity trains currently serving the same route between Basel or Zurich and Milan.
The Swiss Federal Railways has purchased 29 ‘Giruno’ trains from Stadler Rail in a deal worth about CHF1 billion ($1.1 billion).
They will be used on north-south routes to meet heightened demand. The first trains started using the new 57-kilometre Gotthard tunnel through the Alps – the longest rail tunnel in the world - in December 2016. The number of passengers has increased by 40% during the first 100 days of use.
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