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Scandinavian Rail Development

Upcoming events, Z Homepage promo / 5 January 2017 /

22-23 May 2017, Stockholm, Sweden
European Railway Review’s 9th annual Scandinavian Rail Development conference returns to Stockholm, bringing together the region’s rail infrastructure managers and operators as well as innovators and strategists, to discuss and debate the future direction of rail…

ETCS level 2 baseline 3 application successfully tested in Denmark

Rail industry news / 27 September 2016 /

Alstom and Danish infrastructure owner Banedanmark have achieved a world first by successfully testing an ETCS (European Train Control System) level 2 baseline 3 application.

Preparing for the final stages: the New Line Copenhagen–Ringsted

Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /

With construction work on time and on budget, the Danish high-speed link between Copenhagen and Ringsted’s next challenge is to incorporate two major national programmes: the Electrification Programme and the Signalling Programme. For European Railway Review, Banedanmark’s Project Director, Jan Schneider-Tilli, gives an update on Denmark’s first high-speed line, which is due to open in December 2018…

Ensuring safety in the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link rail and road tunnel

Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /

Safety for end-users is an integral part of any project, not least the project of building the 18.2km-long Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link between Fehmarn in Germany and Lolland in Denmark. It encompasses every aspect of the tunnel project. Apart from ensuring that all specific railway and general safety demands are met, there is also the challenge of adhering to high German, Danish and EU safety standards. Johnny Restrup-Sørensen, Contract Director for Railway at Femern A/S, explains how the demands actually help to achieve the goal of building a modern and very safe tunnel…

Danish Parliament approves Fehmarnbelt fixed link Construction Act

Rail industry news / 29 April 2015 /

The Danish Parliament has approved a proposed Construction Act for a road and rail tunnel known as the Fehmarnbelt fixed link.

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel: From vision to reality

Issue 2 2015 / 7 April 2015 /

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will become the world’s longest immersed tube tunnel for combined road and rail traffic. It will provide a double-track railway and four-lane highway connection between Puttgarden on the German island of Fehmarn and Rødbyhavn on the Danish island of Lolland. After years of detailed investigations, the planning phase is now entering its final stages and providing further details for European Railway Review is Johnny Restrup-Sørensen, Contract Director, Railway at Femern A/S, the company tasked with planning, constructing and operating the coast-to-coast link…

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

Issue 3 2014 / 4 June 2014 /

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.

The New Line Copenhagen–Ringsted: best-in-class construction

Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /

For European Railway Review, Jan Schneider-Tilli – Banedanmark’s Project Director for the new Copenhagen–Ringsted line – reflects on the first Danish high-speed project as it reaches the halfway line…

‘Train Fund Denmark’ – a plan for the future Danish railway

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

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 signifi – cantly 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.

Upgrading the Ringsted–Fehmarn Line: a huge construction job

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

The upgrading of the Ringsted–Fehmarn Line is one of Banedanmark’s largest ever projects. Together with the fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt and other major Danish infrastructure projects such as the Copenhagen–Ringsted Line, this is a massive scheme for both rail freight and passenger traffic.

CROSSING BORDERS: The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will connect Denmark and Germany with a two-track railway and a four-lane motorway underneath the Fehmarnbelt. With a total length of approximately 18km, it will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel for combined rail and road traffic and will help bring people, businesses and culture in the Fehmarnbelt Region and Europe closer together.

Opening up construction of Denmark’s first high-speed railway to competition

Issue 3 2012 / 8 June 2012 /

The new Copenhagen-Ringsted railway is the largest civil engineering project in Denmark for well over 100 years. Not since the Vestvolden fortifications around Copenhagen were built between 1882 and 1892 as part of the city’s defences has Denmark been the setting for such an extensive building project: a new 60km double-track high-speed railway will be built close to the motorway from Copenhagen via Køge to Ringsted.

Banedanmark, the national rail network operator, is in full swing with this unique construction project, which is also a worthy symbol of the significant investment in the railway that the Danish state will make over the coming decade. Among other things, several existing sections of line will be upgraded to double track, a fast connection will be established for rail traffic between Sweden and central Europe by means of the future Femern tunnel between Denmark and Germany, and Denmark will be the first country in the world to have a new, single signalling system covering the entire public rail network. #

These projects will be realised on an ongoing basis over the next 10 years and, in combination, will enable the Danish rail system to provide the framework for the government’s target of doubling all public passenger transport by 2030 – an ambitious goal given that there are already 170 million journeys made by train each year in Denmark.