Illustration: Femern AS

The tunnel portal is the access through which cars, lorries and trains will pass from land into the tunnel itself.

The 5th May 2022 was rather a large milestone in the construction of the Fehmarn Link. After having completed a huge amount of preparative work, the first sod was cut on Thursday for the construction of the first part of the actual future tunnel; the portal itself, through which traffic will be directed into the tunnel.

”This is a large milestone for us. The construction of the factory, working docks and Tunnel Town have taken a lot of effort and will continue to do so for some time yet, but from now on we will also be working directly on the tunnel portal itself,” says Henrik Påske Rasmussen, FLC Division Manager, Lolland, in a press release.

Visualising the Fehmarn tunnel

The massive construction site at Rødbyhavn is indeed an impressive sight! But it can also be a little abstract to try to imagine where the tunnel will actually be. Together with the construction of the portal, however, the exact location of the entrance to the tunnel will become very clear.

The construction of the tunnel portal will soon be one of the most obvious indicators that the building work is advancing. There are many years of work in front of us, but soon we will be able to see the façade of the world’s longest submerged tunnel,” says Christian Kaas Oldenburg, Project Manager at Femern A/S.

Ready to attach the first tunnel element in 2023

On the Danish side, the tunnel portal will be built mainly on a 550 x 300 meter dammed area off the coast and the construction of the portal area alone is expected to employ between 150 and 200 workers. The portal should be ready for connection of the first tunnel element in 2023.

The equivalent construction on the German side is expected to start in 2023.