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Swiss say "no" to second Gotthard tunnel

In a referendum on Sunday the Swiss people joined the upper parliamentary house in blocking proposals to build a second road tunnel through the Gotthard, the country's main north-south link through the Alpine mountains. Almost two-thirds of those voting opposed the plan, designed to combat traffic congestion. Swiss environment minister Moritz Leuenberger and his supporters said the result gave the government a mandate to pursue its policy of shifting traffic away from alpine regions and away from road to rail. See Swiss environment ministry press release.

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