Copenhagen to get light-rail network by 2020: transport ministry

10:07, June 30, 2011      

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Denmark will build a light-rail connection around its capital Copenhagen by 2020, at a cost of 723 million U.S. dollars, the Ministry of Transport said Wednesday.

The 28-kilometer-long railway, which will also link some suburban municipalities, will allow rapid, mass transport of commuters around the city, and help reduce traffic congestion.

The project is estimated to cost 3.75 billion Danish kroner (around 723 million U.S. Dollars), with the Danish government contributing 1.5 billion Danish kroner (around 289 million U.S. Dollars), the ministry said in a press statement.

The rest will be paid for by the Capital Region of Denmark, which includes Copenhagen, and 11 suburban municipalities who have all agreed to the project, it added.

Transport Minister Hans Christian Schmidt said the light-rail would "secure a sensible and future-proofed alternative to the car on an otherwise very trafficked area."

The rail is expected to run along Ring 3, a densely-populated stretch of homes and old industrial areas.

In theory, commuters will be able to switch between the light-rail and other existing public transport infrastructure such as buses and overland trains.

Greater Copenhagen, with around 1.2 million inhabitants, is currently served by trains, underground metro rail and buses. Moreover, some 55 percent of the city's population commutes by bicycle everyday.

Source: Xinhua
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