FAQs about the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link

The tunnel connection between Denmark and Germany will be an gigantic project. Illustration: Femern A/S

The tunnel will be approximately 18 kilometres long. It consists of two double tracked motorway pipes with an emergency track and for every 100 meters an emergency exit to a safe neighbouring pipe. There is also a railway pipe with electrified railway tracks.
The Danish state will own the tunnel through Sund & Bælt Holding.
The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is financed by loans guarantied by the Danish state. This will secure low interest rates. In the end it will be the end users who will pay for the tunnel via user charges and not the Danish taxpayers. The same financing model has been used on the Storebælt connection and the Øresund connection, with great success.
The building creates 4.000 jobs per year during the construction phase – 3.000 in Denmark and 1.000 on the German side. For every job created on the actual construction of the tunnel, will spin off one job amongst subcontractors. This means that an additional 4.000 jobs. The finished tunnel, once open, will generate 300 permanent service and maintenance jobs on Lolland-Falster.
A factory will be established east of Rødbyhavn in Denmark, where the tunnel elements will be manufactured. Each tunnel element weighs 73.000 tonnes and are supplied with waterproof partitions, so that they can float whilst being towed from the factory. They will be placed above an excavated tunnel trench and will be lowered with great precision. Finally the tunnel trench will be filled with sand and gravel and lastly a layer of protecting stones.
The tunnel will consist of 89 elements, whereof the 79 are standard elements and 10 are special elements containing amongst others advanced electronic equipment. The elements are 217 metres long, 42,2 metres wide and 8,9 metres high.
The dug up material will be used for land catchment. Both Denmark and Germany will grow as a consequence of the establishment of the permanent connection under the Femern Belt. Artificial peninsulas will be made on both sides of the Belt, that will reach approximately 500 metres into the ocean. Approximately 15 million cubic metres will be excavated from the tunnel trench and approximately 4 million cubic metres will be excavated from the factory site at Rødbyhavn. The majority of the material will be placed out from the southern coast of Lolland.
The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link will bring environmental advantages, because as part of a collected European plan, it improves the railway. The railway is an environmentally friendly form of transportation – both as far as the use of energy is concerned, but also pollution and on the amount of CO2 emission.
Both the motorway and railway are equipped for high-speed transportation, wherefore the journey will be fast. By train it will take seven minutes. For cars it will take approximately 10 minutes and varying light will create variation during the drive.
By train it will take under 3 hours to travel between the metropolis Hamburg and Copenhagen. Today the same journey takes at least 4 ½ hours. There will also be a significant improvement of the travelling times regionally.

 

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