The Fehmarnbelt link in numbers
The Fehmarnbelt link will be an 18 kilometre long immersed tunnel. It will be the world's longest of its type for both road and rail.
- The Fehmarnbelt tunnel will comprise a four lane motorway and two electrified rail tracks.
- The tunnel will consist of 79 individual elements, each 217 metres long, and 10 special elements with a lower floor for the use of the tunnel operation and maintenance equipment.
- A tunnel element weighs 73,000 tonnes. This corresponds to 14,000 elephants.
- The amount of steel used in the tunnel is equivalent to about 50 Eiffel Towers.
- Up to 3,000 people will be directly employed in building the Fehmarnbelt tunnel.
- It will take about 8.5 years to build the Fehmarnbelt link
- It will take ten minutes to travel from Denmark to Germany by car and seven minutes by train.
- Motorists will be able to drive at 110 km/h in the tunnel. Electric trains will be able to go through at 200 km/h.
- The construction budget for the Fehmarnbelt link is DKK 52.6 billion (2015 prices) in the construction law. You can read more about the project's finances here.
- The Fehmarnbelt link will be user-financed. Revenues from the link will repay the loans that financed construction. This is the same model that financed the Storebælt and Øresund links.
WHEN THE TUNNEL IS FINISHED, IT WILL BE COVERED WITH SAND AND STONE. NEITHER ANIMALS NOR PEOPLE SWIMMING OR SAILING OVER IT WILL NOTICE THAT IT IS THERE.