Construction on Longest Tunnel Comes to An End


Construction of the world’s longest rail tunnel has finally come to an end, 16 years after predicted by the Swiss engineer who envisioned the project.

Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea in 1947 and thought it would be complete by the year 2000. Numerous delays led to the tunnel only being completed this year.

The tunnel is 57km long and runs under the Alps, connecting Zurich to Milan.

It cost just over 12 billion Swiss francs ($12 billion, 11 billion euros) to build and involved 2400 workers.


Safety in WA Mines in the Spotlight


Speaking at a Western Australian mines inspector forum, the Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion reminded the industry that the lives of workers should be the main priority.

He said every worker had a right to return home safely at the end of every day.

The forum held last week brought together the State’s Mines Safety Inspectorate and gave the inspectors the chance to share their knowledge and experience with each other.

The inspectors were also reminded of their duty to encourage the industry to continue climbing the hierarchy of controls.