New company ready to build light railway on Ring 3 motorway

The light railway on the Ring 3 motorway now has its own company, Ring 3 Letbane I/S, which is to build and run the light railway. The 13 owners signed the final papers last week.

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This means that the 27-kilometre light railway is now one step closer to becoming a reality in the capital.

A new company will be responsible for building and running the light railway. The company is owned by the 11 'Ring 3' municipalities, the Capital Region of Denmark and the Ministry of Transport, which are all represented in the company's newly established board.

Comfortable transport across

- The light railway is simply a good project: It provides eco-friendly, low-noise, comfortable transport across the S-train commuter rail lines of the Finger Plan ('Fingerplanen'). "I really look forward to collaborating with so many parties taking part in the light-railway-project," said the chairman of the board of the new company, Anne Grete Holmsgaard.

Will tie together S-train commuter rail lines

With the 27 stations of the light railway in the 'Ring 3' municipalities, all S-train commuter rail lines will be tied together to a grid, thus solving the problem with travelling across "the fingers". Electric light railway trains departing every 5 minutes will transport 13-14 million passengers annually.

A unique collaboration

"Having set up a company to run the project is an important milestone and foundation for the entire project. The light railway on the Ring 3 motorway is a unique collaboration between 11 municipalities, the Capital Region of Denmark and the Ministry of Transport aimed at controlling public transport in the entire Greater Copenhagen area, and I am proud that we have made it this far," said Mayor of Gladsaxe Municipality, Karin Søjberg Holst (Social Democrats).

Creating coherence in public transport

"This is a very important project, which shows us what we can do when we all join forces to work for the capital region. This light railway will contribute to creating coherent public transport in the Capital Region of Denmark and it will facilitate easy transport to and from large workplaces. Citizens will also be able to travel to completely new places, and visit new beaches and new shopping centres," said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats), who is Chairman of the Regional Council in the Capital Region of Denmark.

Consultation regarding EIA

Work on the light railway has already commenced, following a consultation in the spring where citizens were heard on which aspects to consider in the coming EIA (environmental impact assessment).

In June 2013, the 13 owners signed an outline agreement. In February 2014, the Company and Planning Act was adopted by the Danish Parliament. Henrik Plougmann Olsen, who is the CEO of Metroselskabet I/S, will also be the CEO of Ring 3 Letbane I/S. The new light railway company will be serviced by metro-company employees.

Further information:


  • Mayor of Gladsaxe Municipality, Karin Søjberg Holst through Communications Manager in Gladsaxe Municipality, Ulla Baden, telephone: + 45 22 76 56 22
  • Chairman of the Regional Council, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats) through the press telephone in the Capital Region of Denmark: + 45 70 20 95 88
  • Mathilde Lykke Bülow, Ring 3 Letbane I/S, telephone no: + 45 72 42 46 56

Board of Ring 3 Letbane I/S

Appointed by the state:

  • Anne Grete Holmsgaard, Chairman
  • Dorthe Vinther
  • Johnny Hansen

Appointed by the capital Region of Denmark:

  • Kenneth Kristensen Berth (Danish Peoples' Party), Vice Chairman
  • Annie Hagel (Red-Green Alliance)

Appointed by Mayor's forum:

  • Karin Søjberg Holst, Vice Chairman
  • Søren P. Rasmussen

Facts about the light railway on the Ring 3 motorway:

  • The 13 owners of the company are: The state through the Minister for Transport, the Capital Region of Denmark, Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality, Gladsaxe Municipality, Herlev Municipality, Albertslund Municipality, Rødovre Municipality, Glostrup Municipality, Brøndby Municipality, Hvidovre Municipality, Vallensbæk Municipality, Ishøj Municipality and Høje-Taastrup Municipality.
  • The light railway on the Ring 3 motorway will be approx. 27 kilometres with 27 stations. The distance between stations will be 1 kilometre on average.
  • The light railway is expected to transport 43,000 passengers every day. This corresponds to 13-14 million passengers per year. In comparison, just about 10 million passengers travelled by the coastal line ('Kystbanen') in 2011.
  • The construction work on the light railway is assessed to cost about DKK 4.0 bn. in 2013-price level, including correction reserve of 15%. In addition, construction expenses related to operating the trains, a maintenance centre, etc. will be about DKK 1.3 bn. in 2013-price level.
  • A total of 7,000 new daily journeys are expected to be by public transport. About 4,000 people will exchange their cars for public transport, about 2,000 will make the exchange from bikes and about 1,000 will be former pedestrians.
  • The light railway is to depart every 5 minutes during daytime hours. The light railway trains will travel with a speed of about 30 km/h on average, including stops at stations and traffic lights.
  • It will take about 55 minutes to travel the 27 kilometres from the station at Lundtofte in the north, to Ishøj Station in the south.
  • Construction costs will be distributed between the state (40%), municipalities (34%) and the Capital Region of Denmark (26%).
  • The 11 municipalities have agreed on a distribution key for payment of construction costs.
  • The light railway is expected to generate up to 20,000 new jobs in the urban areas surrounding the new stations up until 2032. With full exploitation of the overall urban development potential, up to 90,000 to 100,000 jobs can be created in the long term in the 11 'Ringby 3' municipalities.
  • About 7,000 direct and associated jobs are expected to be created during the construction period. The operation of the light railway will create about 250 new, permanent jobs.
  • The light railway may pave the way for a total urban development in the 'Ring 3' municipality with population growth of between 20,000 and 40,000 new inhabitants.
  • Planning and building the light railway will take 7-8 years and is anticipated to open in 2020/2021.
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