Why we're building a fixed link

When the new Fehmarnbelt tunnel and the associated rail facilities on the Danish and German sides open, new opportunities will emerge for commuters, companies and tourists.

The Fehmarnbelt link means that motorists will save one hour and will be able to travel when they want. Rail passengers will benefit from more and faster trains and this will also apply to domestic Danish routes. On Zealand and on Lolland-Falster, many commuters will enjoy shorter inter-city rail journeys, including to and from Copenhagen. 

Commuters between East and West Denmark will also notice a positive difference because the many freight trains that previously ran from Zealand, Sweden and Norway across Funen and Jutland will be able to take the direct route under the Fehmarnbelt. This will mean more passenger trains between the various regions of Denmark.  

Companies will benefit from a direct, fast and flexible motorway and rail link to Denmark’s largest export market, Germany. Lolland and Falster will no longer be on the outskirts of Denmark, but at the gateway to Central Europe. Indeed, a number of companies have already spotted this.   

Holidaymakers will benefit from the Fehmarnbelt fixed link and faster train journeys.  Zealanders and our neighbours further north will save one hour each way when they drive southwards across the Fehmarnbelt. 

Opportunities for travelling to Europe by train will be enhanced. With the Fehmarnbelt link and the new rail facilities, it will be possible, for example, to travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg in two and a half hours. Today, the same rail journey takes four and a half hours. 

When the Fehmarnbelt link opens, it will also contribute to a greener transport system. The Fehmarnbelt tunnel will enable more freight to be transported by rail and both cars and trains will save on distance and time, which will benefit the environment. In this way, Denmark is promoting green freight. This is also one of the reasons why the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is one of the most important infrastructure projects in Europe. 

While we await the opening of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel and the rail facilities, there are thousands of jobs and several hundred apprenticeships to be had during the construction period. Up to 3,000 people per year will be directly employed in building the Fehmarnbelt during the construction period.  Every employee on the project will be matched by one position with the sub-contractors. All contractors on the Fehmarnbelt project will be subject to social clauses which will create 500 apprenticeships. You can read more about working conditions at the construction sites here

When the tunnel is completed, around 300 people will be employed to run the tunnel. 

Read more about why we’re building the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel here: 10 good reasons for a direct link between Germany and Scandinavia under the Fehmarnbelt 


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