This article discusses plans for extensive tunnelling in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and how they will be financed. Thousands of km of tunnels and microtunnels are being planned in these countries, for a variety of reasons. For example, growth in prosperity and environmental issues will create a demand, not only for rail and road tunnels, but also for: (1) water and sanitary systems expansion and rehabilitation; and (2) transport and storage of hazardous goods. Germany has a very active urban rapid transit tunnelling programme for light and heavy rail, together with plans for some underground urban ring roads and car parks. A significant Berlin 2000 consortium has been established. Hamburg will have a fourth road tunnel under the River Elbe. Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) plans about 120km of railway tunnels under the Alps, to relieve increasing congestion on trans-Alpine rail routes. Austria is planning several major tunnelling works as part of a programme to upgrade its rail routes. Although all three countries have had long-term infrastructure planning, with extensive public funding of rail and road tunnels, tunnel construction financing is changing there, and several new approaches to private participation in funding are emerging.

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    Morgan-Grampian Limited

    30 Calderwood Street
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  • Authors:
    • Page, M
  • Publication Date: 1995-10


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 18-9,21-2
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  • Accession Number: 00717983
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 20 1996 12:00AM