Transport minister promises new trains

Billions to be spent to ease congestion on busy stretches

State train operator DSB is ready to spend just over a billion kroner on new trains slated to go into service on particularly busy stretches of its tracks. The trains could be in service in just a few weeks.

"The agreement is being negotiated and is nearly in place,” Magnus Heunicke (S), the transport minister, told MetroXpress newspaper.

DSB reports that there are more passengers than there are seats on ten out of 13 train lines during peak hours. The problem, which is especially acute in Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen, is expected to grow. A Transport Ministry report said that demand in and around Copenhagen is expected to rise by 33 percent – or 33,000 seats – by 2022.

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“Demand will be even higher next year, so we are looking for remedies,” DSB's head of operations Anders Egehus told MetroXpress.

“We plan that several of our IC4 trains will be running next year.”




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