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