Completion date set for Zurich cross-city line

Zurich’s 9.6 kilometre cross-city link is set to open on June 15 next year, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has announced.

Earlier this week, SBB began the 200-day countdown to the commissioning of the new line which is designed to relieve congestion from Zurich central station.

SBB said that work would be completed on the new underground Löwenstrasse station and the Weinberg tunnel Рthe two largest civil engineering projects in the programme Рby the end of year, with testing due to start in January.

The new 2 billion franc line between Altstetten and Oerlikon, known as the Durchmesserlinie (DML) cross-city line, has been under construction for six years and will be commissioned in phases between 2014 and 2015.