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As a consequence of the continual increasing load on the entire traffic system, the city of Aarhus has for some years being working to establish a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. The first stage of the LRT encompasses a connection of the two existing railways (Odderbanen and Grenaabanen) and the construction of approximately 12km of new light rails. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) together with the local authority plan supplement for the first stage of the LRT system has recently been through the second public hearing, and the project has been well received by the public. Therefore, planning for the future work will soon be in place.
For some years now there has been great focus on giving high priority to public transport in the area of Aarhus – Denmark’s second largest city, situated on the peninsula of Jutland. The population in the area is 690,000, of which 300,000 are living in the Aarhus Municipality. Decisions were made to establish bus lanes on the big radial roads in Aarhus. In some stretches, the bus lanes should be considered as the first steps towards the introduction of light rail transits (LRT). In Aarhus, the planning work for an initial light rail stage, in which two existing railways (Grenaabanen and Odderbanen) are to be connected to a new light rail track, is well under way. Work is currently under way on new stages of rail and light rail extensions to unite the large towns of Eastern Jutland in a high-frequency public traffic system.