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A green traffic corridor

The Fehmarnbelt tunnel will alter existing traffic patterns and result in significant changes to current traffic volumes across the Fehmarnbelt.

Along with the tunnel, the upgrading and expansion of the rail link between Ringsted and Lübeck will bring shorter and faster links regionally and between Scandinavia and central Europe. 

Upgraded railway

The Fehmarnbelt project will deliver an upgraded railway, which will be far more competitive both within a European and a regional perspective. 

The Fehmarnbelt link is part of the so-called European TEN-T network whose objective is to enhance the efficiency of the infrastructure so that the EU’s Single Market will function better and with less environmental impact.  The objective of TEN-T is, therefore, to transfer more freight from the roads to the railway, to reduce energy consumption and to ease congestion on local roads and in cities. 


AN UPGRADED RAILWAY IS A COMPETITIVE AND CLIMATE-FRIENDLY MEANS OF TRANSPORT

Did you know that...

...the journey through the Fehmarnbelt tunnel will take around seven minutes by train and around 10 minutes by car

...compared to the ferry crossings, there will be a saving of around one hour – each way

… the tunnel will always be open – so no waiting time.


The infrastructure for, in particular, rail freight will be significantly improved. When the tunnel opens, through freight between Scandinavia and Europe will no longer need to drive across Storebælt. The journey for rail freight will be shortened by 160 km.

A positive CO2 effect

Overall, the fixed link will lead to a decrease in traffic emissions. This is due to the transfer of freight from road to rail and that some lorries will take a shorter route because they no longer need to cross Storebælt. This will result in an overall fall in CO2 emissions. 

Read COWI's report on CO2 emissions from a Fehmarnbelt fixed link from January 2015 here (in Danish).