Copenhagen and Malmø considering Øresund metro link

The cities are jointly looking into the viability of a direct underground connection

Next stop: Sweden? (photo: iStock) Next stop: Sweden? (photo: iStock)
March 6th, 2016 2:34 pm| by Philip Tees
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Copenhageners have been getting used to the idea of an expanded Metro network connecting different parts of the city, but the next move could go a big step further. The municipalities in Copenhagen and Malmø have set up a joint investigation group to look into the possibility of building a Metro link between Denmark and Sweden, DR reports.

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The project is being considered in light of the the Øresund Bridge being expected to reach full capacity in the coming years, and traffic between Denmark and Sweden increasing if the Fehmarn Belt Link between Denmark and Germany also becomes a reality.


Mixed sentiment
Lars Weiss, a member the economic committee at Copenhagen Town Hall for Socialdemokraterne, sees potential in the Metro solution.

“Now we have sat down together to look at this economically in relation to passenger numbers,” he said.

“If it turns out to be something that can succeed, then it’s something that is very high on our lists.”

But the idea has not been greeted equally positively in all corners at City Hall. Konservative’s Jakob Næsager is more pessimistic.

“There’s no probability that we’ll get a metro to Malmø. We have the intercity trains, which depart every 20 minutes. There’s a need for a metro to other places before one to Malmø,” he said.