World's Longest Immersed Tunnel Will Link Denmark and Germany
The project will cost US$7.6 billion and will include an 18-kilometer electrified double-track railway and four motorway lanes.
COPENHAGEN — Denmark has approved the start of construction for what will become the longest tunnel of its kind, connecting it with Germany.
Work on the Danish side of the world's longest immersed tunnel is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2021, Denmark's Ministry of Transport said in a statement on April 24.
The Femern Belt link will connect the Danish island of Lolland and Puttgarden, a village and ferry harbor on the island of Fehmarn in Northern Germany.
The project is estimated to cost 52.6 billion Danish kroner, or US$7.6 billion, and will include an 18-kilometer electrified double-track railway and four motorway lanes.
When completed it will shorten the journey across the Femern Belt to 10 minutes by car or seven minutes by train, compared to today's 45-minute ferry crossing.
It is expected to open for traffic in mid-2029, New Europe reports, citing a press conference by Denmark's Minister of Transport Benny Engelbrecht.
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