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Fehmarnbelt crossing project hit by one year delay

Construction work on the fixed link under Fehmarnbelt is set to commence about a year later than originally planned – in the middle of 2015 instead of 2014.

The need for a delay emerged following detailed analysis by Femern A/S, the company responsible for the planning of the approximately 18km long link between Germany and Denmark.

Last week Femern A/S informed Danish transport minister Henrik Dam Kristensen, and the parliament’s political majority behind the Fehmarnbelt project about the overall revision of the time schedule.

The delay has come about because the planning approval process for such a large cross-border construction project in both Denmark and Germany has proved to be even more complex than previously assumed.

The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is Northern Europe’s largest transport construction project and will connect Scandinavia with Germany and the rest of continental Europe. The preferred technical solution is an immersed tube tunnel with an electrified dual-track rail line and a four lane motorway.

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