Tunnel vision now in the mix for proposed fixed link to Sweden – The Post

Tunnel vision now in the mix for proposed fixed link to Sweden

It is not only a bridge that is on the cards when it comes to establishing a fixed link between Helsingør and Helsingborg

Two tunnel options are being discussed, a road-only one (red) and a combined road/rail link (blue) (graphic: Vejdirektoratet)
June 28th, 2018 2:45 pm| by Stephen Gadd
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Three days ago CPH POST reported that an analysis was being carried out regarding the pros and cons of a new bridge linking Helsingør to Helsingborg that could become a reality in 2035.

The Danish road directorate, Vejdirektoratet, has just announced that it is joining with its Swedish counterpart Trafikverket to carry out a feasibility study regarding road and railway tunnels under Øresund.

“A fixed link between Helsingør and Helsingborg has been under discussion for many years. Now we are going to carry out a thorough investigation of how such a link could be established and financed, and what social value it would bring,” said Andreas Egense, department head in Vejdirektoratet.

Two links on the table
The tunnels should be user-financed and the report, that has been budgeted at 17.3 million kroner with 7.3 million coming in EU subsidies, will be used as the basis for making a political decision in 2020 whether to proceed with the project.

Two links are being analysed – a purely road connection and a combined road and railway connection for passenger trains.

A number of things will be considered such as assessing the need for expanding infrastructure on both the Danish and Swedish side, as well as weighing up the consequences of a road-only connection compared to a combined link.