Today, 11 mayors and the chairman of the Capital Region of Denmark met to place sign an agreement to launch construction work on a light railway along the Ring 3 motorway around Copenhagen.
The 11 mayors and the Chairman of the Capital Region of Denmark were joined during the signing by the Minister for Transport, Building, and Housing, Ole Birk Olesen, (Liberal Alliance), and the Chair of the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail, Birgitte Brinch Madsen.
The government has decided to sign the agreement, but is leaving its share of financing to the owners, in the same way as it did in similar projects in Aarhus and Odense. This means that the owners will be responsible for the construction and subsequent operation of the light railway. It will therefore be some days before the final legal formalities are in place.
"This is really good news; we finally have a common agreement to start construction on the light railway, which will make it easier for so many people to commute daily to and from their place of study or work".
"The light railway is a milestone in our efforts to minimise congestion in Greater Copenhagen, which is why broad political support for the project across party interests is so important," said the Chairman of the Regional Council, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (the Danish Social Democrats).
The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail will be built collaboratively between 11 municipalities (owners) and the Capital Region of Denmark. The state will pay 40%, the Capital Region of Denmark 26% and the municipalities 34% of the capital expenditure.
The 11 municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark will pay for all expenses of operating and maintaining the light railway.
Facts about the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail
- Line: from DTU in Lyngby in the north along the Ring 3 motorway to Ishøj in the south
- 28 kilometres, 28 stations with six S-train connections
- Price: approx. DKK 6.2 bn. for construction, trains and maintenance centre
- Number of passengers: 13-14 mill. annually, growing to 17–18 mill. annually
- Frequency of service: every 5 minutes during daytime hours, and every 10 minutes during evenings and weekends
- Expected to open: 2024