The Brenner Base Tunnel is the centrepiece of Priority Project 1, railway axis Berlin-Verona/Milano-Bologna-Napoli-Messina-Palermo.
This project foresees the construction of two low-gradient parallel tunnels envisaged mainly for the transport of heavy goods across the Alps. It will run for 55 km from Innsbruck (in Austria) to Franzensfeste/Fortezza (in Italy). Adding the existing Innsbruck railway bypass the entire tunnel through the Alps will be 64 km long, the longest underground rail link in the world.
The cross-border tunnel across the Alps will remove a major bottleneck in an environmentally sensitive area, shifting heavy traffic from road to a high-quality rail service.
State of progress on 31 December 2012:
The works formally started on 18 April 2011, once Austria and Italy gave the necessary authorisations to launch the construction phase of the tunnels.
In Italy, the excavation of the main tubes is ongoing in the area of Mauls/Mules. In Austria, the excavation of a tunnel to access the Innsbruck bypass is also ongoing in Ampass.
National budget - Austria:
National budget - Italy:
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
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This project was also looked at during the Mid-Term Review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme.
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Member States involved:
Start date: January 2010
End date: December 2015
Republic of Austria
Galleria di Base del Brennero/Brenner Basistunnel (BBT SE)
Coordinator’s Report of the Priority Project
European Commission, DG MOVE