More than 1,800 objections have been received from German residents and organisations regarding the construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, but project promoter Femern believes its planned construction schedule will not be affected.
Public consultation in Germany is set to end this week and Femern has said that reaching this stage marks a major milestone for the scheme despite the level of objections.
“This is a significant milestone for the Fehmarnbelt project and an important step towards approval in Germany, which will enable us to start the major construction works in 2015,” said Femern CEO Claus F Baunkjær. “The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is not only one of Europe’s largest and most well prepared construction projects by far, it is also a unique combination of engineering innovation, outstanding environmental stewardship and a rock solid financial model. We’re now looking forward to the upcoming process.
“We don’t know of another European traffic infrastructure project that has been planned and prepared so thoroughly. The Fehmarnbelt tunnel combines an innovative technical construction method, the maximum level of safety, unique focus on environmental concerns, a successfully proven financing concept as well as full transparency in all phases of the project.”
Baunkjær added that he was positively surprised by the number of objections and said: “Such a number is quite common with consultations on major infrastructure projects in Germany.
“We are well prepared and will be attentive to all objections and ideas with a view to making tangible improvements to the project and look into all concerns that need to be addressed.”
Femern expects to receive construction permission on the German side in May 2015.