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Germany-Denmark tunnel faces more delays

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Construction on a planned tunnel under the Baltic Sea between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland could be delayed by up to a year because of changes to the plans, authorities in north Germany said.

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At a meeting with Danish transport minister Hans-Christian Schmidt in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein transport minister Reinhard Meyer said that both countries were determined to push the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link project through.

“Nothing has changed about that,” Schmidt added.

The 17.6-kilometre tunnel for road and rail traffic - expected to be the world's largest underwater tunnel when it opens - was originally expected to cost around €5.5 billion, with most of the costs borne by Denmark.

But officials have decided to change the plans for the tunnel drastically after a study found there was a high risk of legal action under environmental protection laws.


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