‘Train Fund Denmark’ – a plan for the future Danish railway
23 May 2013 • Author(s): Henrik Dam Kristensen, Minister for Transport, Denmark
It is the Danish Government’s ambition that most of future traffic growth should take place in public transport.
This will help to reduce congestion and to ensure environmentally sustainable transport. However, in order to
turn this ambition into reality, railway services must be able to attract new customers and to handle increasing
volumes of traffic. Therefore, Denmark needs a railway which is significantly better prepared to meet future
demands than the current one.
While other European countries have significantly expanded their railway during the last decades with an increase of capacity and speed, development of and investments in railway infrastructure have not been high on the agenda in Denmark. The establishment of the Great Belt Bridge link (Storebælt) between Zeeland and Funen is, however, an important exception to that general rule.
A few years ago, the first really significant steps towards the development of a modern railway in Denmark were taken with the bold and ambitious decisions to renew the entire signalling system in Denmark and to establish a new high-speed railway between Copenhagen and Ringsted on Zealand.