Rail in Denmark to benefit from EU support
7 April 2014 • Author: TEN-T EA
The European Union will co-finance with a combined total amount of over €50 million from the TEN-T Programme two studies to prepare Danish rail infrastructure developments. The studies, which will pave the way for the works, contribute to the realisation of the “Railway axis Fehmarn belt” (TEN-T Priority Project 20).
The first study, selected for just over €30 million of funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, involves a new high speed railway section between Copenhagen and Ringsted. The existing line that runs via Roskilde is one of Denmark’s most heavily used and strategically important routes, both for commuter traffic to/from Copenhagen as well as for freight traffic.
In 2012 a new dual track line from Copenhagen to Ringsted via Køge was proposed, including a new station in the northern part of Køge (Køge Nord) and a maximum speed for passenger trains of 250 km/h. The study will specifically concentrate on the project management, detailed design for construction work and tender packages of this section.
The second study, also supported by the TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme, receives €19.7 million to help look at solutions to increase the capacity of the Ringsted-Rødby section that connects to the Fehmarn Belt. Specifically, this study will look at project management, detailed design for the construction works as well as its tendering and awarding.
The studies and their results are expected to produce a significant impact on local planning and give a boost to the economy and the overall transport efficiency of the entire Baltic sea region.
Both initiatives will be monitored by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and are set to be completed by the end of 2015.