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Old July 28th, 2010, 12:28 AM   #441
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The Faido West TBM restarted, or will restart soon, boring.
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Old August 5th, 2010, 02:42 AM   #442
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Status of Work on the Gotthard and Ceneri

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As of August 1, 2010, of the total of 151.84 km of tunnels, galleries and passages of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, 147.33 km, or 97%, had been excavated. The total amount driven in July 2010 was 652 m.

Of the total of 39.78 km of the Ceneri Base Tunnel, at the end of July 2010, 8,816m, or 22.2%, had been excavated.

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Old August 5th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #443
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During the first two weeks of August the two remaining TBM will be revised, profiting from the holidays. In the eastern tube 800 m still have to be excavated, in the western tube 2800 m.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 07:04 AM   #444
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During the first two weeks of August the two remaining TBM will be revised, profiting from the holidays. In the eastern tube 800 m still have to be excavated, in the western tube 2800 m.
So 3600 m left to excavate . . . I'm guessing excavation will be completed by January 2011 -- on second thought, I think they'll have it done before the end of the year!
C'mon guys, DIG!!!


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Old August 17th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #445
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I think the only important goal this hear will be the breakthrough in the eastern tube.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 09:49 PM   #446
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Not only: AlpTransit AG started to lay signaling and service cables in part of the tunnel.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #447
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I think you misunderstood me, the breakthrough in the eastern tube is the event this year. Of course there is other work, but this will be the thing in the media.

When the other tube will be finished, it will probably be just a side note.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 12:19 PM   #448
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The breakthrought is the main event that will be reported in the medias, but the start of the installation of the railway equipment is another milestoine.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 05:50 PM   #449
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So 3600 m left to excavate . . . I'm guessing excavation will be completed by January 2011 -- on second thought, I think they'll have it done before the end of the year!
C'mon guys, DIG!!!

What do you all think?
It has been said by several posters on this thread that, given the speed of progress so far, Gotthard should be able to open at least one year ahead of its December 2017 deadline. I myself tend to think that this is TECHNICALLY feasible, but... do the Swiss authorities want it to happen?

For starters, it means that they will have to pay many of the contractors earlier than planned. This may sound trivial to "tecky" guys, but Treasury officials have been known to think in Fiscal Years. For an illustration, please consider the works in Germany on Ingolstadt-Erfurt. There is no technical reason why it should take 20 years, but the politicians have used is as a sort of "fiscal buffer", turning the speed up and down as money allowed. The Swiss authorities are a bit less extreme in this respect but still... money is not unlimited. Does anybody know more?
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 06:48 PM   #450
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AlpTransit is funded via the FTP/FinOV fund (the name depend of the language...), actually it has 31,5 billions CHF assigned (1995 value, I think). Not all money is already available, but it has a guaranted income (tax on trucks, tax on fuels, VAT). Works can be assigned only when this fund has enough money to fund them, even if some loans have been made to start works before money is available in the FTP/FinOV fund. No public work in Switzerland can start if it is not entirely funded (or if it has not a certain source of money: there wasn't 10 billions CHF available from the beginning for the GBT, but there was a good plan to find them throught the years).
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An explanation about the way the tax on trucks (LSVA/RPLP/TTPCP) works: http://www.are.admin.ch/dokumentatio...x.html?lang=en
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Old August 27th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #452
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Another good week, 153.70 m: http://www.tat-ti.ch/fileadmin/user_...rsicht_EST.pdf (the link will expire next friday)
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 10:04 AM   #453
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Status of Work on the Gotthard and Ceneri

As of September 1, 2010, of the total of 151.84 km of tunnels, galleries and passages of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, 147.98 km, or 97.5%, had been excavated. The total amount driven in August 2010 was 608 m.

Of the total of 39.78 km of the Ceneri Base Tunnel, at the end of August 2010, 9102m, or 22.9%, had been excavated.
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Status of Work on the Gotthard and Ceneri

As of September 1, 2010, of the total of 151.84 km of tunnels, galleries and passages of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, 147.98 km, or 97.5%, had been excavated. The total amount driven in August 2010 was 608 m.

Of the total of 39.78 km of the Ceneri Base Tunnel, at the end of August 2010, 9102m, or 22.9%, had been excavated.
So precisely how much is left to breakthrough in Gotthard east tube?
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 07:39 PM   #455
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Around 650 metres, the breakthrough will be on the 15th of October (if boring finish before this date, workers will have to wait until the 15th to bore the last metre of rock).
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Around 650 metres, the breakthrough will be on the 15th of October (if boring finish before this date, workers will have to wait until the 15th to bore the last metre of rock).
On the Alptransit-Website stands, that only 455m have to be excavated till they have a new world-record!

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Old September 14th, 2010, 01:45 PM   #457
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New website: http://www.57km.ch/
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Gotthard base tunnel breakthrough - Dossier Swissinfo (english)

Gotthard base tunnel breakthrough - Dossier Swissinfo (italian)
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Old September 21st, 2010, 05:58 PM   #459
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Old September 21st, 2010, 06:55 PM   #460
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There will some hours of television programs dedicated to the event, from the 14 evening to the 15th afternoon.
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