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Longest tunnel in world close to completion

AFTER 14 years of drilling under the Swiss Alps, engineers are finally poised to create the world's longest railway tunnel.

The 35.4-mile Gotthard Tunnel will speed up connections between northern Europe and Italy, supplanting Japan's 33.5-mile Seikan Tunnel as the world's longest.

Only six feet separates the tunnelling teams, with a breakthrough scheduled for Friday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent