Once the Brenner Basistunnel construction is completed, it will cut train travel time even shorter. Right now, travel time from Innsbruck in Austria, Tyrol, all the way across the Alps to Franzensfeste in South Tyrol, Italy, takes 80 minutes. Once the Brenner Base Tunnel is completed, this journey will only take 25 minutes. With a length of 55 km, it will be the second-longest tunnel in the world, after the 57 km long Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland. The Diameter of each of the single-track tubes will be 8.1 m, with a partial maximum overburden of 1,6 km. What a crazy construction Galleria di base del Brennero is – and I can’t wait to travel and experience it! After first preparations started in 1999, the end of constructions is scheduled as of 2025, with an operational start in 2026. Up from then around 200 to 250 trains will use the Brenner Base Tunnel, each travelling at a speed of 250 km/h for passenger trains, and 160 km/h for freight trains.
On my recent trip from Innsbruck to South Tyrol, I have crossed some visible construction sites of the Brenner Base Tunnel project, near Franzensfeste in Italy.