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Danes say no to new Swedish Øresund plan

Neighbours have set aside billions to improve their infrastructure


Denmark has said no to a Swedish proposal for another Øresund connection between Helsingør and Helsingborg (Photo: Colourbox)

July 3, 2014
10:24

by CW


Sweden wants an even closer connection to its Danish neighbours and has proposed another Øresund connection from Helsingør to Helsingborg . Danish politicians, however, have said no.

The traffic spokespeople for a number of parties have argued there are plenty of major infrastructure projects already happening in Denmark at the moment and that a new Øresund connection won’t be on the agenda for another 15 years or so.

“I can understand the Swedish desire to have a connection. You just need to take a look at a map of Europe to comprehend that, but it’s not something that Venstre can support this side of 2030,” Kristian Pihl Lorentzen, Venstre’s traffic spokesperson, told DR Nyheder.

READ MORE: Sweden says no to new Øresund energy cable

Femern a priority
Radikale were also naysayers, arguing that the Femern Bridge connection to Germany needed to be finished before new massive projects are begun.

According to Ritzau news service, the Swedish government has set aside 56 billion kroner to improve infrastructure in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Scania over the next 20 years.

And it's not the first Øresund disagreement this year. In April, the Swedish energy providers Kraftnät, said no to a new energy cable that would have stretched from Amager to Malmö and been  a future investment into more sustainable energy in the region.



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