Copenhagen commuter rail gets green light

Copenhagen’s proposed light rail project has taken the next step towards coming to fruition.

The Urban newspaper reported this week that all 10 local councils involved, as well the Greater Copenhagen Regional Authority, finally came to an agreement this week. Officials aim to have trains running in just seven to nine years between Ishoj and Lundtofte along the O3 roadway (Ring Road 3).

The project will come at a cost of DKK 3.7 billion (EUR 496 million); the initial DKK 1.5 billion (EUR 201 million) came via a grant approved by parliament in January, whilst the remaining DKK 2.2 billion (EUR 295 million) is set to be provided via the involved local councils as well as the Regional Authority, as per the recent agreement.

Gladsaxe’s chairman and council mayor, Karin Sojberg Holst, who has been involved in the project for well over a decade, said: “It has been a long and hard pull, but now we are near the finish line,” the Copenhagen Post reports. She added, “There still has to be a long list of new studies before the rail can open, but I expect that we will be riding by 2020 at the latest.”

Project developers expect that about 65,000 passengers will utilise the light rail every day once it has opened. The hope is that customers can zoom past 28 kilometres of traffic on the adjacent O3 roadway, reducing congestion as well as pollution.

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