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German Fehmarn and Danish Lolland to be linked by tunnel in ten years

German Fehmarn and Danish Lolland to be linked by tunnel in ten years


January 22, 2011

Read More: http://www.pagef30.com/2011/01/germa...and-to-be.html

Deutsch: http://www.welt.de/vermischtes/weltg...Daenemark.html

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Whether to join the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish island of Lolland just 17.6 km away with a bridge or a tunnel has been the subject of discussion for quite some time, and now it has been decided that a tunnel will link the two. The tunnel will commence operation ten years from now, at which time most boat traffic between the two islands will cease. Had a bridge been decided upon, it would have been the ninth-longest in the world.

As the tunnel will be financed by Denmark, Germany has no say in the project besides the role it will play in the environmental impact assessment of the project, which will happen in the spring of 2013. In fact, this is one of the reasons for the decision to go with the tunnel as it would take but two years to construct and would have no effect on the marine life in the area.

In spite of this though there is a lot of protest against the project on the island of Fehmarn due to how they see it affecting the environment, and revenues. If a fixed link is built between the two islands then the drivers that currently spend some time in the neighborhood waiting for the ferry to arrive will no longer stop, and tourist revenues would shrink.


















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Next step Rügen - Malmö bridge ?
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I wonder if/when the two rail tracks wil get to max capacity. The Öresund bridge has already maxed out... (thus the need for a Helsing-tunnel)
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^probable not that fast as there isn't the same commute culture down there as between CPH and Malmö..

And freight trains is virtually a thing of the past here..

Even though this will make it easier for Germans in Lübeck and Hamburg to work up here the islands down there, especially Lolland doesn't offer much jobs or anything really outside the agricultural sector..


I think the main usage will be like today - tourists to northern Germany or CPH...

But the real value is the truck transport and the cars, it will save a lot of time and in will make it a more attractive route than trough Jutland and Funen..
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True, the commuting will probably be very limited. Wouldn't surprise me though if it boosted freight rail noticeably. Especially to/from Sweden, there's still space on the Sound bridge at off-peak times for more freight afaik.
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