The Brenner Base Tunnel is the central infrastructure project of the SCAN-MED corridor and the Munich-Verona Brenner corridor, representing an overcoming of the natural barrier that is the Alps and a future reduction both in the length of the route and the travel time between Innsbruck (Austria) and Fortezza (Italy) for rail transport. Passenger trains will be able to run in the tunnel at speeds in excess of 200 kilometres/hour. Thanks to the elimination of extensive gradients, it will be possible for longer, heavier and more numerous freight trains to pass this section. These trains shall require less energy on the flat route than is currently needed on the existing line.
By eliminating steep gradients and – thanks to the straight extent with almost no bends – the passage of longer and heavier trains will be possible. The new railway infrastructure will offer a viable alternative for freight traffic and open up a new travel dimension for passenger traffic.