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Major railway projects in Denmark – shifting to a new approval process

4 June 2014  •  Author(s): Jesper Rasmussen, Deputy Director General, Trafikstyrelsen – Danish Transport Authority

Jesper Rasmussen, Deputy Director General, Trafikstyrelsen – Danish Transport Authority

Jesper Rasmussen, Deputy Director General, Trafikstyrelsen – Danish Transport Authority

Denmark is investing heavily in railway infrastructure. The Danish Government has decided to allocate approximately €20 billion for railway infrastructure in the coming decade. Jesper Rasmussen, Deputy Director General, Trafikstyrelsen – Danish Transport Authority, explains more.

Among the large-scale railway projects are:

  • The Signalling Programme – replacement of all signalling in the entire state railway network with ERTMS by the end of 2021
  • Electrification Programme – installation of a catenary system for electrical trains on approximately 550km of railway on four separate sections of the Danish railway system by 2021
  • A new dual-track railway from Copenhagen to Ringsted which will be Denmark’s first railway for high-speed trains, scheduled to open in 2018
  • Building of a railway line connecting to the future fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt to be opened in 2021. The project includes building of double-tracks, electrification and signalling and upgrading speeds from 160km/h to 200km/h
  • The Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link providing a 17.6km-long immersed tunnel for combined rail and road traffic connecting Denmark and Germany, scheduled to open in 2021
  • A new Metro Line – the Cityring circle line will be a 15km underground railway under central Copenhagen and will have 17 underground stations, scheduled to open in 2018
  • Upgrading of the core railway lines to reduce the travel time between the major cities in Denmark, scheduled to be finished by 2025
  • New light-rail systems opening in Aarhus in 2017 and in Copenhagen in 2020 – and more are being planned.

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