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Danes propose tunnel to Sweden

David Landes · 11 Sep 2009, 16:59

Published: 11 Sep 2009 16:59 GMT+02:00

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The study, led by Otto Anker Nielsen, a professor in traffic patterns with the Centre for Traffic and Transport at the Technical University of Denmark, found that building a tunnel between Helsingborg on Sweden’s west coast, and the Danish city of Helsingör, would benefit the region and relieve stress on the Öresund Bridge.

According to Anker Nielsen, a transport link between the two towns is the best solution to cope with the region's expected future growth.

“The H-H connection is profitable from both an operational and societal perspective and is therefore clearly the best solution,” he writes, according to the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

The tunnel, he argues, will reduce congestion as well as contribute to the integration of the Öresund region.

The report was carried out at the request of IBU-Öresund, a cooperative infrastructure development project between communities in both Sweden and Denmark and includes four different proposals for tunnels ranging in price from 11 billion to 19 billion kronor ($142 – 270 million).

The least expensive proposal is for a tunnel only large enough for passenger trains, while the priciest suggestion includes funds for a both a cargo and passenger rail line, as well as an additional third stretch from Helsingborg to the Danish town of Snekkersten, and then on to Helsingör.

The third stretch would have a cargo rail track, as well as a track for a high speed passenger train with direct connections to Copenhagen.

The tunnel proposals were received well by regional politicians in southern Sweden.

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“Another crossing is needed. In the future even more will be transported by rail so that makes initiatives like this a must,” Jerker Swanstein, chair of Region Skåne’s governing board, told Sydsvenskan.

He hopes that a tunnel connecting Helsingborg and Helsingör will be completed sometime between 2020 and 2025, but admits there is still work to be done to convince both the Swedish and Danish governments to invest in the project.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:41 September 11, 2009 by kaze
Cool. I love mega engineering projects
18:04 September 11, 2009 by skane refugee
HH was the logical place for the original Öresund Bridge project ... from a strictly engineering and toll revenue point of view ...

... but the problem was a political/economic one in that Malmö would have been effectively bypassed by high speed traffic between Sweden and the rest of Europe ... hence the chosen location for the current bridge

Maybe now that the Öresund bridge has been built and that the Malmö Citytunnel project is just a couple of years from completion ... the time has come for an HH tunnel!!!
19:11 September 11, 2009 by Beynch
I'm all for building the HH tunnel. But only after Sweden withdraws from the Schengen agreement and introduces visa and passport controls on all its border crossings.
20:20 September 11, 2009 by kelvison
it is a great idea. we should have had it many years ago like british franco tunnel. so come on sweden start it as soon as possible.
22:01 September 11, 2009 by Wiltshireman
Yes good idea and think how the tunnel waste could protect Sweden from the sea leval rising.Or would that be like our thames barrier(though thats worked pretty well up to now.Though London did get some snow earlier this year and ground to a holt)

The channel tunnel might actually make some money one day or has it now not sure.Apart from the problem of a fire in it a while ago seems safe.I must admit i prefer the boat going over.

We do have a problem of people from outside the E.U hanging about in towns on the French side.Trying to get in to Britain while most of us want to get out!Cant think why.

Trouble is partly the French goverment and ours for being soft.
22:19 September 11, 2009 by baladre
Perhaps this article should be updated by The Local newsdesk:

22:40 September 11, 2009 by henry.bn
If this project is worth doing, it will result in an enormous increase in land values, just as the Channel Tunnel and the associated rail link. So more taxpayers money will end up in private pockets.
01:16 September 12, 2009 by marco rossetti
$142 - 270 million is enough to dig a 100m hole...i think u need to multiply by 10
01:28 September 12, 2009 by Coalbanks
henry.bn - that's what it's all about. long live publicly - funded free enterprise!
04:05 September 12, 2009 by Greg in Canada
"the problem was a political/economic one in that Malmö would have been effectively bypassed"

From what the world is reading about Malmo these days, it's a place you'd want to bypass.
20:56 September 12, 2009 by mobings
@Greg in Canada... your existence emobodies the true definition of BIGOT. Learn to live and integrate or BYPASS this world please.
23:49 September 12, 2009 by Sebastian_R
Sounds like a great project - and it would allow even more Swedes to invade DK on a weekend to fill-up the beer reserve...

Seriously, I think it could be great and is hopefully less wind sensitive than the bridge
09:04 September 15, 2009 by tridy
I see how universities can propose some interesting projects but maybe it's not really the time yet to think about "future growth" so far. Or is it that the crisis time is over in Denmark?
11:14 September 17, 2009 by Klaus Silvan
I like the way Marco Rossetti is putting the real costs onto the table.

Otherwise the idea of this project seems to be fine.
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