Danish government presents new railway strategy
01 October 2013
Location and infrastructure
The Danish government is planning to invest DKK 27.5 billon in a swifter and greener public transport system by 2025. New electric high-speed rail lines will strengthen Denmark’s infrastructure and decrease travel time between the major Danish cities.
The aim of the new strategy is to significantly improve the Danish railway network and hereby reduce travel time between the major Danish cities, Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg. According to the Danish Government, faster trains will save commuters nine million hours a year by 2025.
The rail investment will be the largest in Danish history and will feature an 'hour model', meaning that the travel time from Copenhagen to Odense will be an hour, as will the travel time from Odense to Aarhus, and from Aarhus to Aalborg.
“It will be a completely new Denmark. It will be revolutionary and mean that Denmark will better connected,” says Pia Olsen Dyhr, Minister for Transport.
Chasing top European standards
According to the Danish Transport Authority the railway upgrade will place Denmark on Europe’s high-speed train map. The government anticipates that its strategy will create an additional 2,800 jobs and result in a DKK 800 million annual economic benefit due to improved mobility.