Saint-Gothard opens the world's longest tunnel

The world's longest tunnel Saint-Gothard opens: The world's longest and deepest railway tunnel, Saint-Gothard, which connects Europe, opens on 1 June Wednesday. Swiss Confederation President Johann Schneider-Ammann, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and Austrian Prime Minister Christian Kern will attend the opening ceremony in Switzerland.
Tunnel in Numbers
The Saint-Gothard Tunnel is the longest tunnel in the world with a length of 51,1 kilometers.
Channel train tunnel, 50,5 km., The previous record holder of the Japanese Seikan tunnel 53.8 km length. Total 10.9 billion euros were used for the construction of the tunnel. The entire amount was paid by the Swiss government. The amount is equal to the budget spent on the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Construction of the tunnel took 17 years. Workers worked on 7 day, 24 hour, and 8 hourly daily.
2 thousand 600 workers worked in the tunnel construction, their 9 died in accidents that occurred during the construction.
To dig the tunnel, the workers removed a pile of 13.3 million cubic meters of rubble. This is equal to the 5 times the size of the Giza pyramid in Egypt.
The Saint-Gothard train tunnel is the first 1872-km between 1882-15. It was built in length. And during this construction, 177 was killed, and 700 was crippled.
The depth of the tunnel is 2,3 kilometers.
Passenger trains under the mountain 250 km per hour, freight trains 160 km. speed.
Everyday the 50 passenger train will pass through the tunnel. 20 can be reached from one end of the tunnel to the other in minutes.
Thanks to the tunnel, 1 hours from Berlin to Milan will be shorter than 58 minutes.
International Opening
French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will attend the opening ceremony of 1 in June, hosted by Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann. The leaders will take a test train together.
The tunnel will be blessed by a Catholic priest, protestant priest, Jewish rabbi and Muslim imam. Representatives of atheists and other faiths will also be present at the ceremony.
In addition, 4-5 June opening ceremony will be held for the public. 100 thousand people are expected to attend these ceremonies. 600 artists will participate in the performances.
Tunnel and site 360 ° degree tour
Before the opening, the Swiss public television broadcast in French, a spectacular 360-rated film, showing the construction and history of the Saint-Gothard tunnel with the surrounding mountains.

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