Danish German tunnel receives EU grant

July 29 2015  

Danish German tunnel receives EU grant
Development of the world’s longest combined road and rail tunnel – the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link – passed a crucial milestone on Thursday when the European Commission approved a public funding model for the project.
 
Brussels approved a €589M (£417M) grant for the rail component of the 18km long tunnel linking Denmark and Germany, which is due to begin construction next year and open during the middle of the next decade.
 
Project promoter Femern A/S spokesman Ajs Dam said: “This is positive news for the project, but now we wait to receive final price bids from bidding consortia this autumn.”
 
The scheme is designed to provide a more direct route between Scandinavia and continental Europe. EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: “The fixed link will considerably shorten travel times between Germany and the eastern part of Denmark and the Nordic countries for the benefit of both people and the economy. Therefore I am very pleased to approve the public financing of the project under EU state aid rules.”
 
Those behind the tunnel construction including Danish Transport Minister Magnus Heunicke were disappointed late last year when prices submitted by international consortia hoping to secure work on the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link came in around a quarter more than expected.
 
Negotiations have taken place between the project team and bidders to find ways of reducing cost, which may see the construction programme extend by one year.
 
A feature about the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link was included in Transportation Professional’s April issue earlier this year.
 
(Image: Femern A/S)

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