Construction Act brings Fehmarn tunnel civil works closer

first_imgDENMARK: Construction of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link road and railway tunnel moved a step closer on April 28 when the Danish parliament adopted the proposed Construction Act for the project.The fixed link will comprise an 18 km immersed tube tunnel between Rødbyhavn on Lolland and Puttgarden on the German island of Fehmarn. The project also covers upgrading, double-tracking and electrification of the railway between Rødbyhavn and Ringsted, to permit operation at up to 200 km/h with ETCS Level 2. Upon completion of the tunnel and surface works, scheduled for 2021, the journey time for København – Hamburg passenger trains will be reduced to around 2 h from the current 4 h 30 min. The overall budget stands at €5·5bn.Adoption of the Construction Act means that the Danish state-owned companies Femern A/S and A/S Femern Landanlæg are authorised to construct and operate a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt and undertake the associated surface works in Denmark respectively. The act is the final environmental approval of the project in Denmark.In Germany, the political decision to build the Fehmarn Belt link was taken in 2009 with the ratification of a bilateral treaty between the two countries set out in 2008. However, several further hurdles remain before civil works can begin. Formal approval from the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein will take the form of a building permit, and work to finalise this is still ongoing. This will be followed by a final parliamentary review of the project’s social and economic benefits by policymakers in both Denmark and Germany, which is expected to take place in the autumn of this year.The Construction Act grants powers to acquire farmland, a small number of wind turbines and some industrial land to be used for the road and rail access to the tunnels, and for the future tunnel element factory east of Rødbyhavn. Archaeological investigations will also continue around the planned excavation sites.A detailed description of the Fehmarn Belt project appeared in the July 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International, available to subscribers via our digital archive.last_img read more


Bolt to appear on ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’

first_img Tweet EntertainmentNewsRegional Bolt to appear on ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ by: David WrightJamaica Observer – October 7, 2015 Jamaican sprint sensation Usain BoltKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprint sensation and world 100m and 200m record holder Usain Bolt announced a short while ago that he will be appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow.He took to Twitter on Tuesday saying: “Big deal business… check me out tomorrow on @theellenshow.”The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an hour-long, five-days-a-week, talk-variety show. It is currently ranked number 16 in the United States television programming with over three million viewers per episode.The show has been in existence since 2003 and has featured numerous celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Matt Damon, Kanye West, and Beyonce. Share Sharing is caring!center_img 305 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more