Parliament approves Copenhagen light rail

The link will stretch 28 kilometres across 11 municipalities

A unanimous Parliament yesterday passed the law regarding a light rail in Greater Copenhagen.

The light rail, which is expected to open to the public in 2023-24, will be 28 km long and encompass 11 municipalities.

Laying the track will cost about 4 billion kroner, and an additional 1.3 billion kroner will be needed for the carriages and the establishment of control and maintenance centres.

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14 million passengers
The light rail will depart every five minutes during week days and every tenth minute during the evening and weekends. It will be possible to change to the S-train lines from six of the future light rail stations.

The 11 municipalities involved with the project are: Lyngby-Taarbæk, Gladsaxe, Herlev, Rødovre, Glostrup, Vallensbæk, Albertslund, Brøndby, Hvidovre, Høje-Taastrup and Ishøj. Neither Copenhagen nor Frederiksberg will feature.

The light rail trains will run on electricity and each one will have a capacity of 200 passengers. Some 13-14 million passengers are expected to use the light rail annually.