First new line for a top speed of 250 km/h in Denmark

The Danish railway network in the greater Copenhagen area is very heavily used. To relieve the corridor
towards the west and the island of Funen, a new line is planned between Copenhagen and Ringsted, which will
be the fi rst in Denmark designed for speeds of 250 kilometres per hour.

Danish infrastructure manager Banedanmark is planning a 56 kilometre long route between the interchange station Ny Ellebjerg west of Copenhagen and Ringsted, via Køge. The total cost of the project amounts to DKK 8.8 billion (approximately EUR 1.2 billion), along with a reserve budget from the government of 20 per cent.

The new line is to be laid out for a maximum speed of 250 kilometres per hour and will be equipped with ETCS
Level 2. The line is scheduled to enter service in late 2018. In Copenhagen the new line joins the existing network at the Ny Ellebjerg interchange, where a new station was built as recently as 2005 and
where currently two commuter lines intersect.

In addition, a fi ve kilometre long double-track line has been under construction between Copenhagen Central station und Ny Ellebjerg since 2009; completion is scheduled for late 2012.

There will then be in total three pairs of tracks for entry to and exit from Copenhagen Central: one to and from Roskilde, one to and from the Öresund Bridge, and one to and from the new line. Additionally, a direct connection is being built near Ny Ellebjerg between the new line and the Öresund Link, enabling Copenhagen Central to be bypassed.

To the extent possible, the new line to Ringsted is being constructed alongside existing motorways. Four tunnels with a total length of approximately 1,750 metres are all located in the vicinity of Copenhagen.

Two intermediate stations are being built on the line, at Ny Ellebjerg and at Køge Nord, where new residential and commercial development is planned. It will be possible to connect to the commuter line that runs a short distance away.

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