Government unveils huge infrastructure strategy

The ‘Denmark Forward’ proposal to see country shell out 160 billion kroner on numerous road and rail upgrades looking ahead to 2035

In a new proposal today, the government revealed that it intends to spend 160 billion kroner on infrastructure looking ahead to 2035.

 ‘Denmark Forward’, as it is titled, features numerous road and rail improvements, as well as initiatives geared towards supporting the green transition in the transportation sector.

“Denmark needs to be a country that offers ample opportunity to make everyday life cohesive, wherever one may live, where companies can transport goods across land and borders,” said the transport minister, Nicolai Wammen.

“Queues and waiting times make distances greater than they are in reality, so the government has proposed a historically massive investment of 160 billion kroner into infrastructure.”

The Vejdirektoratet road directorate estimates that delays on Danish roads costs society around 26 billion kroner every year.

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Sustainable asphalt 
The ‘Denmark Forward’ plan seeks to improve a number of existing motorway links and roads, but also establish new roads in order to curb congestion.

The plan (see map below) includes extending motorways from Regstrup to Kalundborg, Næstved to Rønnede, and Tværvej to Frederiksund. 

Others include expanding existing motorways between Aarhus S and Aarhus N, Vejle and Skanderborg, and near Odense.

The strategy also involves looking into the possibility of a fixed link across the Little Belt strait between south Funen and Als. 

Among the green initiatives is only using climate-friendly asphalt in future state road projects in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

Another important aspect of the strategy is to make public transport and cycling more attractive modes of transportation.

Finally, the government wants it to be more convenient to have an electric car – including having more charging stations nationwide.

Read the entire proposal here (in Danish).