Alcatel-Lucent wins turnkey deal in Switzerland

Alcatel-Lucent has won a contract for a railway infrastructure project for Switzerland's Gotthard Base Tunnel.

Under the deal, Alcatel-Lucent will provide turnkey integrated communications solution for the railway system.

The contract for this last major construction lot on the Gotthard is worth 1.69 billion Swiss francs (1.05 billion euros).

Tenders for implementation of the railway infrastructure for the new Gotthard Base Tunnel rail link were received from two consortia.

The tenders were rigorously examined and evaluated according to the Swiss Federal Law on Public Procurement.

After evaluation, the tender submitted by the Transtec Gotthard consortium, in which Alcatel-Lucent is a member, was chosen by the Board of Directors of AlpTransit Gotthard, selected, in part, due to its economic and technical viability.

The contract is for installation of the railway infrastructure systems for the Gotthard Base Tunnel and involves equipping the two single-track tunnels, each 57 km in length, as well as 11 km of over ground lines to the north and south, all to the point where they connect with the existing railway network.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel will be the longest tunnel in the world upon completion, ahead of the current record holder, the Seikan Tunnel in Japan.