Accessibility study for road traffic in the STRING area 2001

The analyses in this report illustrates some of the more general - or strategic - consequences for road traffic due to a construction of a fixed Fehmarn Belt link.

The analysis has been prepared for and presented by PRODEC Planning Consultants at the STRING workshop 11-12 January 2000 in Sorø, Denmark.

The methodological approach has been to use a geographical information system (ArcInfo GIS) to model and illustrate the total traveltime and travelcost, both before and after a construction of a fixed Fehmarn Belt link as well as the potential changes.

The result of the analysis is presented in a number of thematic maps. These maps can be interpreted individually - but can also be interpreted in connexion and thereby form a broader basis for evaluating the strategic impacts of the link. Two different types of maps has been used in the analysis:

  • Isocrones

  • Isocost

The isocrones shows the distance in time to a certain city and thereby indicate how accessible the city is. In this analysis the distance in traveltime to Hamburg, Kiel, Copenhagen and Kristianstad is shown with isocrones.

The Isocost differs from the isocrones and shows the distance in travel cost to a certain city and thereby also indication of how accessible the city is. The interpretation of the isocost is a bit more complex than the interpretation of the isocrones. In this analysis the distance in travelcost to Kiel and Kristianstad is shown with isocost.

As the name implies the isocrones shows the distance in time relative to a location. In this analysis the isocrone is the same whether one travels to or from the location.

The isocrones has been calculated for a "Basic" scenario as well as for a scenario including a fixed Fehmarn Belt link. The fixed Fehmarn Belt link includes the following changes in the road network:

  • The construction of a fixed Fehmarn Belt link

  • An upgrade of the E47 to motorway standard between Ønslev and Sakskøbing

  • An upgrade of the E47 to motorway standard between Puttgarden and Oldenburg 

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