Metro to extend to Nordhavn by 2019

New underground line will provide public transport to developing area

June 21st, 2012 1:02 pm| by admin

A new agreement in parliament will see the extension of Metro service to the rapidly developing Nordhavn area, as well as allocate more funds to promoting bicycling nationwide.

The extension, scheduled to be completed in 2019, will consist of two new stops and connect with the City Ring line, which is currently under construction and due to be completed a year earlier in 2018.

One of the planned metro stops will be located near the existing Nordhavn Station, while the other will placed near Orientkaj, close to the ferry terminal and a number of UN offices.

Parliament's transport infrastructure agreement, a part of the government's Green Transport Policy, will cost about 330 million kroner, an amount that will be financed jointly by the City of Copenhagen and the state.

The transport minister, Henrik Dam Kristensen (Socialdemokraterne), said building the line now would save money.

“The Nordhavn line will provide a substantial lift to public transit and improve service to Østerbro and the newly developments in Nordhavn,” Kristensen said in a press release.

The agreement’s other main point aims to increase the number of cyclists.

Some 150 million kroner has been allocated to improving bicycle infrastructure, with 30 percent of that amount going to projects along state roads, while the rest earmarked for projects by councils and NGOs.

“Since 2009 we have dedicated about 600 million kroner to bicycle projects,” Kristensen said. “This time we provide about 150 million kroner to a broad effort that establishes bicycle corridors in cities and towns. I’m also pleased that the agreement will promote the bicycle tourism in economically depressed areas.”

A large chunk of the funds will go to making roads around schools safer for young cyclists.

Read about the whole agreement here (in Danish).

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