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After pouring over 4 billion swiss francs into a hole in the ground, the Loetschberg Base tunnel was officially opened today. You can read a report here on swissinfo.org. Those of a sensitive nature should be warned of the cheesy cliches this article contains.

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There's a "cheese free" report here on the BBC.

QUOTE What will happen to the existing route through Blausee?
According to the Swiss report, the original tunnel from Kandersteg to Goppenstein will remain open. So long as they can make money from it, I can't imagine the Swiss closing it down.

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Today's introduction of a new timetable saw the first passenger train use the new tunnel. There is a brief article about it here on the swissinfo website. There's a another article on the impact of the new timetable here. This includes a photo of "the light at the end of the tunnel". It seems Swiss cheese isn't just restricted to the dairy counter...

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