The Ringsted-Fehmarn project will upgrade the railway that runs over the islands of Zealand and Lolland-Falster to the future fixed tunnel link.
The total cost of the Ringsted-Fehmarn line is roughly estimated to be €1.2bn (£956m) and the project has received a subsidy of more than €30m from EU’s TEN-T programme.
The line is currently partially single track and the trains can maintain a speed of 120km/h on Lolland-Falster and 160km/h on Zealand. When the fixed link opens in late 2021, there will be two tracks all the way and the trains will be able to run up to 200km/h. The entire line will be electrified and there will be 1km-long overtaking tracks in three places that allow for the slower freight trains to pull over, so that the faster passenger trains can pass. Banedanmark will also introduce a new national signalling system along the line.
“The Ringsted-Fehmarn line will allow for more trains, better and timelier train traffic and significantly shorter travel times,” said Danish minister for transport Magnus Heunicke. “The Ringsted-Fehmarn line will not only strengthen the Danish regional infrastructure, but it will also link Scandinavia much better with Central Europe. At the same time, the international freight traffic will be improved when the journey between Sweden/Eastern Denmark and Germany is 160 kilometres shorter through the tunnel under the Fehmarn Belt.”
Jens Ole Kaslund, project director of the Ringsted-Fehmarn line, added: ”This is a major milestone for Banedanmark and for the Ringsted-Fehmarn line project, that we now officially begin with the preparatory construction work on one of Banedanmark’s largest infrastructure projects for many years. The actual Construction Act for the project is expected to be passed in 2015, but because of an Electrification Act that has already been passed, we have the opportunity to start now.”