Freight transport between Swiss cities will run underground

Freight transport between Swiss cities will run underground

Decisive financial and legal steps for Cargo Sous Terrain, the network where rational load units will move at 30 km/h in three-lane tunnels

Infographic of the vertical section of one of the connecting tunnels of Cargo Sous Terrain
Infographic of the vertical section of one of the connecting tunnels of Cargo Sous Terrain

La Switzerland aims to create an interesting and unedited cargo transportation systemespecially designed for companies, destined to transform the national and European scene into a revolution.
It's about the project Cargo Sous Terrain, which aims to develop by 2030 an innovative material handling infrastructure beni and raw material, which will improve and drastically change the look and functionality of the logistics in the medium term.
Cargo Sous Terrain will create a new transport route reserved exclusively for goods, thus relieving the burden road and rail network of the country, with a view to general rationalisation.
It is a system developed by companies for companies. According to current forecasts on transport, there will in fact be an increase of 45 percent of the movement between the 2010 and the 2030.
Urgent and possibly unconventional solutions are therefore needed to deal with the increase in goods traffic flowsboth for the economy and for society in general.

Comprehensive infographic of Cargo Sous Terrain connections in Switzerland, with the initial leg from Härkingen-Niederbipp to Zurich in orange color
Comprehensive infographic of Cargo Sous Terrain connections in Switzerland, with the initial leg from Härkingen-Niederbipp to Zurich in orange color

Effective distribution in the city plus an underground tunnel

Cargo Sous Terrain will consist of two key components: A underground transport tunnel and an distribution system efficient and environmentally friendly for goods in urban centers (City-Logistics).
From 2030, this universal logistics system will develop into a new infrastructure network for the transport of goods.

Video, so the CST cargo units will circulate at 30 km/h

3D simulation of Cargo Sous Terrain's vertical cargo lift
3D simulation of Cargo Sous Terrain's vertical cargo lift

Automatic introduction and extraction of pallets and containers

The Development Association CST (Cadaver Surgical Training) led one feasibility study in two-year period 2014-2015, which is still extremely topical today. The analysis revealed that the Cargo Sous Terrain system is manageable both technically and economically.
Transport units will move at one constant speed di 30 km times in three-lane tunnels.
The goods on pallets and containers will be automatically introduced or extracted from the system through vertical or horizontal access points, that is, thanks to real hubs.
CST will distribute the goods and raw materials to their final destination, packing them in ecological and low noise vehicles that will run under the earth's surface.

3D simulation of all Cargo Sous Terrain city logistics connection
3D simulation of all Cargo Sous Terrain city logistics connection

From Härkingen-Niederbipp to Zurich the first scheduled section

The first section, from Härkingen-Niederbipp to the metropolitan area of Zurichwill come into effect in 2030, consequently involving territories also gods Cantons di Solothurn need Bern.
Subsequently, the Cargo Sous Terrain project will gradually develop into one Swiss network through which goods can be transported from any point of entry to any possible place: from Geneva a St. Gallen and Basel a Lucernewhile for the Ticino imagine a connection via train through Alp Transit.
After the positive results of the feasibility study, from 26 January 2016 the elaboration of a comprehensive business plan, the establishment of a limited liability company and initiating talks and signings with initial investors, among them Californians from hyperloops and hereinafter Coop, Bekaert, Migros, Mobiliar, Helvetia, SAP, Migros-Pensionskasse, Genossenschaft Migros Aare, B+S Ingenieure und Planer, WIR Bank Genossenschaft, K+D Valueinvest AG, Siemens Schweiz AG, ERNE AG Bauunternehmung, Panalpina, Schwendimann and Flughafen Zürich AG.

One of the transport vehicles that will be used by Cargo Sous Terrain in Switzerland
One of the transport vehicles that will be used by Cargo Sous Terrain in Switzerland

Individuals and market players are ideal partners for development

The feasibility study, which is being translated into a real implementation design, has been developed in close collaboration with the private sector and system users.
This approach ensures that the Cargo Sous Terrain system is in line with current market needs and ensures the success of the future expansion of the project.
Instead of carrying goods with heavy vehicles (HGV extension), the CST is based on the continuous and economical transport of individual pallets and containers.
This will change i logistics flows considerably and will reduce the current need for space for the storage, handling and efforts to prepare pallets and containers for trailers of heavy vehicles.
It is possible, and even desirable, for all stakeholders to participate in the Cargo Sous Terrain system, especially in the long term.
I investment costs for the realization of the first section are approx 3,5 billion francs. The feasibility study shows that the CST is a interesting investment and can therefore be financed by the private sector, especially since it gives great benefits since environmental point of viewespecially by reducing the CO2 and noise emissions.
The amount of carbon dioxide released per ton of cargo transported by the Sous Terrain Cargo system is 80 percent lower compared to conventional transport. The system will work exclusively with renewable energy.

Photogallery, the Cargo Sous Terrain project in detail

Infographic of the vertical section of one of the connecting tunnels of Cargo Sous Terrain
Infographic of the vertical section of one of the connecting tunnels of Cargo Sous Terrain

The Council of States said yes on June 2021, XNUMX

In order for the CST to be implemented as intended, one had to be created legal basis at the federal level.
Il June 1 2021, with a vote in favor of Federal Act on the Underground Transportation of Goods arrived almost unanimously (39 yes, no no and only one abstention), the Council of States established the first legal act for the implementation of the Cargo Sous Terrain project.
The version of the law that has been adopted represents a balanced variant between the interests of the subjects involved (Confederation, Cantons, Municipality e land owners) and CST.
The building permit planning, which has already begun, can then be continued. Subsequently, the National Council, as the second chamber, will deal with the law.
Il promoter partnership expects the deliberations of the competent Commission of the National Council to begin after the summer holidays, so that, if things go well, the rule can be approved by the main chamber of theFederal Assembly of second half of the year.
The CST built the first milestone thanks to the active support of the Federal Council, which was pronounced favorably by the 29 January 2020, of the administration (with theFederal Office of Transport leading) and the cantons, as well as the shareholders and employees involved.

 

100 million francs for initial planning alone

The project is privately funded and 100 million francs have long been insured for planning, to the point where the building permit she will be ready. Not only that: thanks to new investors, the available capital has increased by 7,8 million francs inlast year.
The construction work of the first section da Härkingen-Niederbipp a Zurich will start in 2026, and the line will come into operation in 2031.
The Association for the development of the CST is made up of important subjects: the consortium Detailhandel Switzerland (IG DHS-Coop, Manor, Migros and Denner), Rhenus Alpina, Die Mobiliar, SQS, SBB Cargo, Swisscom, Die Post, BKW, the civil engineering office of the city of Zurich and CargoTube.
Misc renowned companies of retail trade, transport, logistics, infrastructure, tunnel construction, traffic planning, geology, energy and sustainability are also members of theDevelopment Association and will actively participate in the implementation of the project
Peter Sutterluti, president of the CST Development Association, said: “Cargo Sous Terrain is much more than just a tunnel: it is an innovative and complete logistics system that connects industry and logistics facilities with large agglomerations using a fully automatic, intelligent and forward-looking guidance system”.

3D simulation of Cargo Sous Terrain vertical cargo elevator and horizontal cargo handling tunnel
3D simulation of Cargo Sous Terrain vertical cargo elevator and horizontal cargo handling tunnel