A group called Cargo Sous Terrain (CST) is seeking financing to build tunnels for the underground transport of goods, initially in the Zurich area, but eventually elsewhere in Switzerland.
CST (French for underground cargo) announced on Tuesday a plan to build a 70-kilometre tube to haul goods from Härkingen-Niederbipp in the canton of Solothurn to Zurich using automated electrically powered vehicles travelling at 30 kilometres an hour.
The aim is to have the 3.5-billion-franc tunnel, 50 metres under the ground and linking a dozen “hubs”, operating by 2030, the group said in a news release.
The decision to go ahead follows a feasibility study conducted in 2014-15, with support from the federal office of transport.
CST said that estimates show that the volume of goods transported by road in Switzerland will rise in 2030 by 45 percent from levels in 2010.
The transport system will not be able to handle such an increase without bottlenecks in the road and rail system, the group said.
The underground cargo tunnels are planned as part of a transport logistics system while reducing the need for storage space, as well as helping the environment by cutting carbon dioxide emissions. More info