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Contractors are busy boring and blasting their way through the southern Swiss Alps as the 28km Lotschberg base tunnel takes shape. When complete the tunnel will be used to take cars and lorries travelling between Germany and Italy off the roads and onto rail wagons as they travel through Switzerland. At the southern end a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Swiss contractor Marti Tunnel, German contractor Walter Gruppe and Austrian firm Porr is nearing the half way stage of one of the four ...

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