Mission to Sweden: Traversing the tunnel and failing

Crossing the tunnel on foot is illegal and very dangerous

The Øresund tunnel is 4,050 metres long (photo: Väsk)
May 3rd, 2016 1:49 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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Since the introduction of the strict border controls across the Danish-Swedish border on January 4, at least 46 people have attempted to travel to Sweden via the Øresund Tunnel on foot, reports the Danish Ministry of Justice.

In connection with Sweden’s intensification of border controls and the introduction of carrier liability, Copenhagen Police has recorded a number of cases of people trying to cross the Øresund tunnel on foot,” writes the ministry.

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New warning signs
The police report that at least 46 people have attempted to walk through the tunnel illegally in the period from January 4 to April 13.

Consequently, signs warning people that crossing the tunnel on foot is illegal and dangerous have been put up both at the railway and road entry points of the tunnel, while a special guard patrols the Peberholmen portal building.

READ MORE: Swedish coastguard stops two men crossing the Øresund from Denmark in a stolen inflatable boat

Affects traffic
An alert system is in place should people be detected in the tunnel system, which forces train and car traffic to slow down.

Last month, the border controls between Denmark and Sweden were extended until May 8.

The Øresund Tunnel forms the western part of the Øresund Link between Amager and the artificial island of Peberholm. It is 4,050 metres long and consists of a 3,510-metre immersed tunnel and two 270 metre-long portal buildings.