If you live in Jutland

The purpose of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is to create a more efficient general transport system and thus a more competitive region in this part of Europe as a whole, i.e. Northern Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Increasing the number of and improving the corridors between Scandinavia and Germany will benefit the entire region.

The Fehmarnbelt project will provide brand new opportunities for rail traffic in particular. Many international freight trains currently travel between Scandinavia and the rest of the European continent through Denmark via the Great Belt, Funen and Jutland. These slow transit trains generally have no business in Denmark, but they take up a great deal of capacity on essential parts of the railway network. When the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link has been completed, these freight trains will travel directly between Scandinavia and Central Europe via the Fehmarnbelt, freeing up rail capacity for an increased number of faster Danish passenger trains between Jutland, Funen and Zealand via the Great Belt. The same is true of transit traffic on the roads. 

In the construction phase, which is set to last just over 8 years, thousands of jobs will be generated at the main contractors, including the Danish company Aarsleff in Århus. Moreover, experience from projects such as the Øresund project and more recent analyses also show that, for each job generated at the main contractors on the construction site, a new job is generated at subcontractors in the region. For example, the company Arkil in Vojens has already performed several important tasks on the preparation of the construction site in Rødbyhavn.

It is important to stress that the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is user-financed and it is not being built at the expense of other Danish road and rail projects. Those who use it pay for it. Those who do not use it do not pay for it. Consequently, the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link will not be financed by Danish taxpayers. On the contrary, the Fehmarnbelt tunnel will pay for major improvements to the railway between Ringsted and Rødbyhavn costing nearly DKK 10 billion, which taxpayers would otherwise have had to pay. A large proportion of the tunnel users will be Germans and Swedes, and with the financing model we are employing they will therefore pay for a large proportion of the project.


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