42 responses after three-month public consultation in Denmark on the Fehmarnbelt link09-26-13
The public consultation on the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt is now concluded. In total, 42 responses were submitted from Danish authorities, stakeholders, companies and private citizens in the period from 28 June 2013 – 20 September 2013.
The Ministry of Transport conducted the consultation on the basis of the EIA, which Femern A/S prepared after more than four years of extensive investigations. The fixed link will consist of a four-lane motorway and a dual-track, electrified railway between Rødbyhavn and Puttgarden. The preferred solution is an immersed tunnel.
"We’re delighted with the interest shown in the project during the consultation period and at the public meeting in Rødbyhavn on 29 August 2013. “We’re looking forward to studying and processing all the consultation responses we’ve received. The number is not enormous seen in relation to the Fehmarnbelt project’s size, but this enables us even more to go through each individual response thoroughly. This is, of course, what one can expect when submitting a response,” says Claus F. Baunkjær, CEO of Femern A/S.
In collaboration with the relevant authorities and Femern A/S, the Transport Minister will respond to all incoming proposals and comments to the project in a consultation report, which is expected to take three months. Based on the consultation report and the EIA, a proposal for a Construction Act will be drawn up, which is scheduled to be put before the Danish parliament at the end of 2014.
The German authorities in Schleswig-Holstein will also assess whether the project can be approved and will decide on the conditions that should apply to the construction on the German side. The German plan approval process will get underway in autumn 2013 when Femern A/S has submitted the application to the German authorities in October.
Once the Danish Parliament has adopted the Construction Act and the German authorities have granted project approval, Femern A/S can sign the construction contracts and thus begin the major construction works on the coast-to-coast link in the summer of 2015. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.