The Danish king inaugurates the first element of a road-and-rail tunnel linking Denmark to Germany

The Danish king inaugurates the first element of a road-and-rail tunnel linking Denmark to Germany

The Danish king inaugurates the first element of a road-and-rail tunnel linking Denmark to Germany

Danish King Frederik X has inaugurated the first element of a future 18-kilometer (11-mile) rail-and-road tunnel under the Baltic Sea that will link southern Denmark to northern Germany and contribute to the transport sector’s green transition

ByThe Associated Press

June 17, 2024, 9:54 AM

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Danish King Frederik X inaugurated Monday the first element of a future 18-kilometer (11-mile) rail-and-road tunnel under the Baltic Sea that will link southern Denmark to northern Germany and contribute to the transport sector's green transition.

    The Fehmarn link which is expected to open in 2029, will also cut travel from the present 45-minute ferry crossing from Roedby on the Danish side to Puttgarten in Germany and connect by road and rail to central Europe and the Nordic countries.

    Frederik unveiled a plaque at the entrance of the first 217-meter (237 yards) section of the tunnel, which will be submerged into a seabed trench on the Danish side later this year. He dropped a coin at his effigy into a time capsule containing objects donated by those who built the concrete elements.

    Sund & Baelt, the company building the Fehmarn link, claims it will be the longest submersible tunnel. It will also include an electrified train track. Cars are expected to be able to cross the Baltic Sea in 10 minutes on the four lanes and trains will do that in seven minutes.

    In 2011, it was decided that a link between the southern Denmark island of Lolland and the northern German isle of Fehmarn should be built as an immersed tunnel. Work on the Danish side was commissioned in July 2022, and on the German one exactly one year later.

    The tunnel will consist of 89 concrete elements which are being constructed at a special facility in Roedbyhavn on Lolland, dubbed North Europe's largest construction site. In May, the first of the elements was cast.

    The Fehmarn link will cost 55.1 billion kroner ($8 billion) and will be paid by users in Denmark. The Danish government will decide the toll charge for the tunnel at a later stage.

    In recent years Denmark has built road-and-rail links to neighboring Sweden and between two major Danish islands.

    In 2000, a bridge-and-tunnel link across the Oresund strait connected Copenhagen to Sweden's third largest city Malmo, and in 1998, road traffic opened between the islands of Funen, where Odense — Denmark’s third largest city — is located, and Zealand, where Copenhagen sits. Train traffic there started a year earlier.

    OTHER NEWS

    48 minutes ago

    Marvel Fans Keep Saying The Same Thing About The MCU Hulk

    48 minutes ago

    How to strengthen your bones with exercise

    48 minutes ago

    Final Trades: Walmart, Burberry, Google and Macy's

    48 minutes ago

    2024 Chiefs player profile: QB Carson Wentz

    48 minutes ago

    5 notable moments from Biden’s interview with NBC’s Lester Holt

    48 minutes ago

    Macy's ends takeover talks with Arkhouse and Brigade citing lack of certainty over financing

    48 minutes ago

    Ravens place running back Keaton Mitchell on PUP list to start training camp

    48 minutes ago

    X accused of deception by EU regulators

    48 minutes ago

    The healthiest supermarket barbecue foods – and the ones to avoid

    48 minutes ago

    ‘I’m old’: Biden defends his mental fitness during interview on campaign future and Trump shooting

    48 minutes ago

    This supermarket is giving away free breakfasts at 398 locations across UK

    48 minutes ago

    Skip Bayless 'is OUT at FS1 and will host his final show later this summer' one year after long-time co-host Shannon Sharpe left Fox Sports

    48 minutes ago

    Teamsters president delivers fiery address at RNC, as Republicans flirt with populism

    49 minutes ago

    Bears young receiver called possible cut candidate with training camp coming

    49 minutes ago

    NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Davis says he was handcuffed and removed from flight

    49 minutes ago

    AI inquiry: Australian privacy laws decades out of date, redress, reform needed

    49 minutes ago

    Kanye West’s wife Bianca Censori exposes bare breasts after leaving Melrose Tanning Company in LA

    49 minutes ago

    Dion For Brides: North Perth bridal store reopens in Subiaco, unveiling stunning upgrade

    49 minutes ago

    North Fremantle coffee shop The Black Truffle transformed into gourmet deli and pizzeria

    49 minutes ago

    Several blazes, including a ‘megafire,' growing in Oregon amid dry fuel and high temperatures

    49 minutes ago

    ‘We can use your tax refund’: Taxpayers warned ATO will automatically pay off Services Australia debts

    49 minutes ago

    Landlords, agents call for more protection in proposed Tasmanian laws allowing pets in rentals

    49 minutes ago

    Dutch midfield pair on Liverpool radar as Arne Slot admiration revealed

    49 minutes ago

    Mpofu admits EFF received money from VBS but denies fraud and corruption claims

    49 minutes ago

    11-year-old wows Kiko Loureiro with her solo skills at the ex-Megadeth shredder’s guitar camp

    49 minutes ago

    Global Calgary’s Linda Olsen announces plans to retire

    49 minutes ago

    'Luxury shame': China's rich shy away from flaunting their wealth amid economic jitters

    53 minutes ago

    Copa America 2024 Team of the Tournament: Best XI

    53 minutes ago

    Ireland's tourists say 'forget the Cliffs of Moher' and visit a 'breathtaking' spot close by

    53 minutes ago

    Scottish Open: Robert Macintyre promises to celebrate as The Open looms

    53 minutes ago

    PCB's stern CT message to BCCI: Give written proof of Indian government's denial of permission to play in Pakistan

    53 minutes ago

    The entire regulatory burden on the economy seems quite high, says THL Partners' Scott Sperling

    53 minutes ago

    Far-right groups that block aid to Gaza receive tax-deductible donations from US and Israel

    53 minutes ago

    Violent clashes over quota system in government jobs leave scores injured in Bangladesh

    53 minutes ago

    On This Day in 2017: Roger Federer secures eighth Wimbledon title

    53 minutes ago

    The rise of the ‘catch-up friend’ – and how the substance fell out of our friendships

    53 minutes ago

    Twisters’ Anthony Ramos: ‘We were shooting in the middle of tornado season – I was like, “What is happening?”’

    53 minutes ago

    Why an air fryer is the ultimate solution to Brits’ BBQ crisis

    53 minutes ago

    Who was in Trump's box at the first night of the RNC

    53 minutes ago

    Soccer-Copa America chaos in U.S. frustrates fans and teams