The state and the cantons of Ticino and Uri used the long-term monitoring project “Monitoring Gotthard Achse” to study the impact of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and the Ceneri Base Tunnel. A first study examined the 15 years prior to the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in December 2016.
The results have revealed that even before its opening, the tunnel had a positive effect on the canton of Ticino. In Locarno and Bellinzona, construction activities pre-2015 increased more than the population – a statistic that could be attributed to the tunnel’s expansion, according to the government in a statement about the study.
Among the tunnel’s visible effects as unveiled by the study are the renovations made to train stations in Ticino. It also showed that occupancy rates on the Regional Trains Ticino Lombardy (TILO), which has incorporated regional networks since 2004, increased from between 30 and 70 per cent across its different lines.
From the end of 2020, the Ceneri Base Tunnel will become a core component of TILO, leading to large reductions in travel time between Ticino’s agglomerations.
“The government and the cantons of Ticino and Uri consider the overall pleasing developments prior to the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel to be a sound basis on which to make the transport of freight and people across the Alps after the opening of the two base tunnels more sustainable,” concluded the government in the statement.