A look at the Brenner Base Tunnel

Martin Burkert, Chairman of the Transport Committee of the German Bundestag, takes a closer look at the BBT in Innsbruck

Together with Otto Leist, the Tyrolean Chairman of the Association of Unions (ÖGB),  the Chairman of the Transport Committee of the German Bundestag, Martin Burkert, toured the showroom at the main station in Innsbruck on Tuesday, July 28th 2015. They spoke of the present status of the works and about the construction activities on the Brenner Base Tunnel in the years to come and it was obvious that the Brenner Base Tunnel is perfectly on track.

On Friday, July 24th 2015, the Supervisory Board of BBT SE green-lighted the publication of the tender procedure for the Mules-Brennero main construction lot, for an estimated amount of 1.45 billion Euro.

Three financial commitments have been made:
• EU-financing of 1.18 billion Euro up to 2020 for the Brenner Brenner Base Tunnel, made public in July
• 920 million Euro committed by the Inter-Ministry Commission for Economic Planning (CIPE) and
• the 1.8 billion Euro in the ÖBB framework plan for the Brenner Base Tunnel up to 2020
this convinced the visitors that the financing of the Brenner Base Tunnel is guaranteed and that the works are proceeding according to plan.

According to Martin Burkert, Chairman of the Transport Committee of the German Bundestag, „The Brenner Base Tunnel is a fundamentally important project for the promotion and optimization commerce and goods traffic over the Alps. For this reason, as part of the joint project (”Interregional Union Committee for Tyrol, Salzburg, Upper Austria and Bavaria”) (IGR TiSOBa) unions in Germany and Austria support the swift construction of the Brenner Brenner Base Tunnel and its access routes.”

„The construction of the BBT and the necessary access routes should shift more unnecessary heavy vehicle traffic from road to rail. We of the ÖGB in Tyrol insist on a global railway plan and a clear commitment to the project from regional and European politicians in both Germany and Austria. Everything is in place in Tyrol for the access routes, Bavaria must now do the same”, said Otto Leist, the Tyrolean Chairman of the Association of Unions (ÖGB).