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Denmark: EUR 200 million EIB loan to link rail network to Fehmarn tunnel

Christian Fernsby |
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a loan agreement with A/S Femern Landanlaeg, the company managing the Danish contribution to building of the “Fehmarn Belt” railway connection between southern Denmark and Hamburg in Germany.

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The EUR 200 million loan is guaranteed Denmark The project concerns some 80 km of railway between Ringsted and Nykøbing Falster, where the existing tracks will be modernised and a second track will be built.

The financing also covers bridge works on the 40 km stretch between Nykøbing Falster and Rødby, which serve to prepare the Danish rail network for the Fehmarn Belt tunnel opening.

On a technical level, the project foresees modernization and renewal of existing railway tracks, electrification as well as the deployment of ERTMS (European Railway Traffic Management System).

Combined with the newly constructed tracks, this will allow for speed increases on the section, allowing high-speed trains to complete the Hamburg Copenhagen stretch in under 3 hours, once the tunnel will be operational.

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