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Atkins wins Danish high speed rail contract

Atkins has been chosen as part of a consortium to design the first stretch of high speed enabled rail line in Denmark.

Rail Net Denmark awarded the contract that will see the construction of 60km of new line linking into the 180km route from Copenhagen to the German border.

The £1.2bn scheme will create more capacity, cut delays and reduce travel times. Trains will initially run at 200kph until the high speed line is fully commissioned.

The first phase of the new high speed line project is due to complete in 2018 and involves the construction of 60km of double track railway from Copenhagen to Ringsted

“This is a flagship project as it is the first Danish line designed for high speed operation and the first new line built in more than a decade.,” said Atkins’ market director of Denmark Eva Rindom.

“There will be challenges as the new line will bisect existing infrastructure such as road, bridges and tunnels so the planning stage is absolutely vital in order to reduce potential disruption.”

“The scheme design is also more complicated due to the fact it must satisfy strict international high speed standards but it’s something we’re well prepared for as this is just one of many high speed schemes Atkins is currently working on around the world.”

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