KIRSTEN MARGRETHE CHRISTENSEN, CONTRACT DIRECTOR, RAILWAY
I’m looking forward to the train ride under the Belt
When 18 km of railway track is laid in a tunnel under the water, we’re not only connecting Europe by train – we’re bringing Europeans closer together. I’m looking forward to taking my family on the first trip under the Belt.
I’m responsible for the department that makes sure that the railway will be ready on time and meets economic and quality standards. Many disciplines and components have to align in order for this to succeed. Technology, legislation, environment and safety must all be in place before the trains can start to run the short - just 7-minute - journey under the Fehmarnbelt between Denmark and Germany.
Personally, I’m looking forward to taking my family on the trip through the tunnel. I’ve always been fascinated by trains, and love to go Interrailing during the summer holidays. It’s a relaxing way of travelling, when I can be with my family and switch off – and when we get off the train, we’re in a new place – well, we may even have crossed a sea. Therefore, I’m also realising a dream in being part of constructing the world’s longest combined road and railway tunnel.
We have to keep an eye on the bigger picture all the time – the entire construction. We cannot confine ourselves to our part of the project, even though that in itself is huge. Yes, we will be laying 18 km of railway track at 39 metres’ depth. But this has to work very closely with all the other parts of the construction work. A large part of my responsibility is to make different fields and disciplines work together. One of my jobs is to make sure it is clear who is responsible for what in all areas, where the railway element meets the other components of the project; for instance, electronics and piping in the tunnel and the ramps.
It's a complex task – and it’s precisely this complexity and the constant development of my work that I love. Every time we make a decision and put a piece of the puzzle in place, we’re a step closer to the final goal: the building of a tunnel that brings people closer together.
Maybe this sounds rather grandiose, but I believe in the vision behind the project. I think it serves a greater purpose. I’m delighted to participate in bringing people closer together and creating a completely new region. And I’m proud of being part of creating something which will stand for many generations to come.
EVERY TIME WE MAKE A DECISION AND PUT A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE IN PLACE, WE’RE A STEP CLOSER TO THE FINAL GOAL: THE BUILDING OF A TUNNEL THAT BRINGS PEOPLE CLOSER TOGETHER.