THE RAILWAY CONNECTING EUROPE
Banedanmark is building a railway line connecting to the future fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt, according to the treaty ratified between Denmark and Germany. This will boost the infrastructure linking Scandinavia to Europe. The Ringsted-Fehmarn Railway Line is one of Banedanmark’s largest infrastructure projects to date, and the fact that the project has a budget of DKK 9.5 billion, and will be ongoing for several years, says a lot about the size of the project.
Stations and platforms
Several existing stations and platforms are being modified with new access roads, lifts and road infrastructure. A brand-new railway bridge will be built over the Guldborgsund bridge and the railway link over Masnedsund will be replaced by a new double-track bridge. The railway line will also be electrified with a new traction power supply, and a brand new signalling system is being launched.
Electrification and new signals
The line will be electrified from Ringsted to Holeby in line with the rest of the Danish railways network. In order to accommodate for traction power supply and the additional track, more than 100 bridges and roads will be modified. A new signalling system is also being installed on the entire stretch designed to ensure better punctuality and reliability, and which makes it possible to increase the speed to 200 kilometres per hour.
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Before the nearly 120 km-long railway is ready to deliver the desired capacity in the future, the stretch will undergo extensive modifications. A new 55 km-long additional track between Vordingborg and Rødby will be installed, making the line double track all the way.
We are also replacing the tracks on large portions of the stretch, building a new subgrade, establishing storm water drainage along the railway line and re-locating old cables underground. Several dams are also being reinforced for allow higher speed and fauna passages are being built out of consideration for wildlife and the environment.
The upgrade of the line between Ringsted and Nykøbing F Station will be completed ultimo 2021. It is still to be decided when the line across Lolland will be completed. The expected opening is to be decided.
- Straighten out several curves, so the trains can increase the speed to 200 km/h.
- Build new routes north and south of Glumsø, south of Vordingborg and south of Eskilstrup
- Build passing tracks north of Glumsø, at Orehoved and Holeby
- Double track along the existing line between Vordingborg and south of Holeby
- Dig a new channel by Masnedsund to Vordingborg Port
- Modify the platforms at Glumsø Station and Lundby Station
- Extend platforms at Vordingborg Station and build a new footbridge
- Re-locate and extend platforms at Nørre Alslev and Eskilstrup stations, build new footbridges
- Build a new road in Eskilstrup to replace the existing level crossing
- Make large-scale track modifications at Nykøbing F Station and build a new station at Holeby
- Build fauna passages, so wildlife can cross the railway line
- Provide noise insulation to 1700 buildings and install noise barriers at selected locations
- Electrify the entire line, which currently only services diesel trains.