Electrification Programme

Banedanmark electrifies parts of the Danish rail network

About the electrification project

Banedanmark has launched a large-scale project for the electrification of a large part of the Danish state railway network in the years to come.

The electrification programme will create the framework for a more modern railway system with cheaper and more stable operation, while the expansion of the operation of electrical trains will reduce pollution and contribute to a cleaner environment.

The electrification of a large part of the state railway network creates the basic prerequisites for a modern railway network and endures flexible and efficient railway operation for passenger and cargo transportation alike.

The project will improve the reliability and attractiveness of the railways and lead to clear benefits for passengers, operators as well as the environment.

At present, the railway network in Denmark is electrified only in part. Banedanmark is already under way with the electrification of the first section, a total of 57 km between Esbjerg and Lunderskov. Køge North-Næstved, Næstved-Ringsted-Rødby and the new Copenhagen-Ringsted high-speed railway are next.

Additional DKK 8.7 billion have been allocated from the Train Fund DK for the electrification of the sections Fredericia-Aalborg, Aalborg-Frederikshavn, Vejle-Struer and Roskilde-Kalundborg.

It forms the basis of an ambitious, long-term plan for the electrification of the Danish railways. The project is put out to tender, and the decision to award the billion DKR contract will be taken towards the end of the spring 2015.

Sections for the electrification programme

The first big milestone of the Electrification Programme has been reached. The 57 km between Esbjerg and Lunderskov is the first section to be electrified in many years, and with the electrification of this section, the first step has been taken towards electrifying the majority of the state railway network.

The handover of the section took place on April 21st 2017. Power is on, the catenary system is operative and from the 7th of August 2017 DSB will be driving passenger electric trains on the section. With the electrification of this section, it is now possible to drive electric trains all the way from Copenhagen to Esbjerg.

Since 2014, Banedanmark has been in the process of removing vegetation along the line and reconstructing bridges to make room for the new electrical power supply system, which is installed along the entire stretch. At the same time, transformer stations have been built in Andst and Esbjerg, as well as two smaller auto-transformers in Esbjerg and Holsted, which will provide the power to the line.

In the period of 2010-2018, Banedanmark is constructing a new double-tracked high speed railway between København and Ringsted via Køge. The line is built for a speed of up to 250 km/h for passenger trains and is the first railway in Denmark that can operate high speed trains.

The construction of tracks on the new section is finished and Banedanmark is currently in the next phase of the project – electrification. The electrification of the 60 km between København and Ringsted was commenced in April 2017 and is planned to be completed for handover in May 2018.

Foundations are currently being installed with approximately 100 meters in between. When all the field work on the section has been completed, the line will be test-driven, before it is expected to open in December 2018.

The preparatory work to electrifying the 45 km between Køge Nord and Næstved started in the spring 2015. The driving speed on the section was upgraded from 120 km/h to 160 km/h. This, together with the fact that the line will be connected with København-Ringsted in Køge Nord instead of going through Roskilde as it does today, will safe passengers up to 10 minutes of travel time between Næstved and Køge. Moreover, almost all bridges have been replaced with new ones, which are tall enough for the new electrical power supply system.

In 2016, expropriations were carried out as well as the removal of vegetation along the line. Cutting and trimming of expropriated trees at private landowners will be taking place during 2017. Finally, in 2018, the actual electrification of the section will be initiated and the section is expected to be finalized by the end of 2019.