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Tender announced for first light rail in Denmark

Industry news  •  9 July 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Odense Letbane, a public owned company assigned to oversee the construction of the first light rail in Denmark, has invited bidders to submit proposals for the supply of rolling stock and transportation systems.

TBM ready for launch in Copenhagen

Issue 3 2013  •  3 July 2013  •  Erik Skotting, Director (COO), Metroselskabet

The first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) is ready to start tunnelling on Copenhagen’s new metro line – the City Circle Line, or Cityringen. The Cityringen contract was awarded in January 2011 and the main construction work started in the following summer. The contract covers 15.5km of twin-bored tunnels, 17 stations and three shaft structures as well as a new Control and Maintenance Centre. In summer 2013, the first TBM will start the tunnelling from one of the three shafts – 40m underground at the work site in Nørrebroparken.

Large investments in public transport in the Copenhagen area

Issue 3 2012  •  25 June 2012  •  Henrik Dam Kristensen, Minister for Transport, Denmark

If you have recently visited Copenhagen, you will have noticed it has a large number of on-going construction sites. Significant investments made in various public transport projects over the last couple of years has meant that many roads have been closed and there have been temporary changes in public transport timetables and schedules. The new investments will mean that in a few years’ time, the city will have a new metro line, a new railway (60kmlong), a light-rail connecting the suburbs west of Copenhagen, and new signals on the railway network.

Additionally, the busiest train station in Denmark will be renovated into a modern and attractive facility. Unfortunately, the large number of construction sites will make Copenhagen a less inviting city for the time being, but I am confident that the massive investments will ensure that public transport in Copenhagen will be able to maintain a very high standard in many years to come.

In January 2009, the Danish Parliament decided that the number of passengers using public transportation must be more than the number of motorists. Therefore, the Parliament decided to invest almost €8 million in the Danish public transportation system. The investments have an unprecedented level in Denmark.

Act brings Denmark’s first lightrail a step closer

Issue 3 2012  •  25 June 2012  •  Ole Sørensen, Head of the Light Rail Secretariat and Project Manager, Midttrafik

Construction of the initial phase of Denmark’s first light-rail network has now progressed from the planning to the construction phase, as the Danish Government recently passed the Aarhus Light Rail Act. Work towards the building of a light-rail network in the Aarhus area began in 2007 when eight local authorities, the Central Denmark Region, and the regional public transport authority, Midttrafik, entered a formal partnership to develop a light-rail transit network (LRT network) centred around Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus.

The procurement strategy for Phase 1 of the LRT network will soon be presented. It is expected that prequalification and tender will take place during summer and autumn 2012. At the same time, the parties involved in the Aarhus Light Rail Partnership are planning to extend the network with more light-rail lines in Aarhus and to neighbouring towns in the Aarhus region. The State is also considering a possible new and fast regional railway line between Silkeborg and Aarhus.

The vision to build a light-rail transit network around Aarhus is now closer to becoming a reality as the Danish Government has adopted the Aarhus Light Rail Act of 8 May 2012.

Interview Spotlight: Martin Giles, MD, Lloyd’s Register’s UK rail buisness

Issue 3 2012  •  25 June 2012  •  Craig Waters, Editor, Eurotransport

Craig Waters, Editor of Eurotrasnport, speaks to Martin Giles, Managing Director of Lloyd’s Register’s UK rail business…

Lloyd’s Register has recently been appointed as the ISA for the new light-rail project in Aarhus. What exactly will Lloyd’s Register’s responsibility be for this role?

First of all, from a Lloyd’s Register viewpoint, there are two or three different ways of working as an Independent Safety Assessor (ISA); we can sit back and wait for the suppliers and system developers of a project to do all their work before we start to do our job, or we can stick by our ethos which is to join a project right at the start, that means we can provide advice and guidance as early as possible which helps us to gain efficiencies and prevent costly changes and delays later on in the project. This is how we are working for the Aarhus light-rail project.

Our duties and roles here include developing the safety assessments and audits of the plans, processes and documents required throughout the design, manufacture, installa – tion, testing and trial operations.

Developing high-class public transport is a contributor to sustainable growth

Issue 3 2011  •  22 June 2011  •  Rebekka Nymark, Head of Development, Metroselskabet

Public transport transforms and develops cities, it delivers on a number of political goals at the local and national levels and we are important players when global issues such as climate change are addressed. As public transport operators, we become successful when we manage to deliver beyond a merely supply-driven transportation and address key challenges linked to demographic change, urban congestion, climate change, and as an asset in the global competition for investments and qualified labour.

In spite of strained public finances and a global economic decline, infrastructure development is placed high on the political agenda. Public investment commitments in infrastructure projects in and around Copenhagen are currently at a historic high of around 80 billion kroner, including new and improved railway lines linking Copenhagen with its surroundings (finished by 2018), the Femern Belt Tunnel which includes a railway line linking Denmark and Germany and a developed land area at Rødbyhavn in connection with the tunnel (finished by 2020), and a new metro line, the Cityring, with 17 new underground stations in Copenhagen (finished by 2018).

Salini signs the 1.7 billion euro contract for Copenhagen’s new metro

Industry news, News  •  7 January 2011  •  Salini Costruttori

Pietro Salini, CEO of Salini Costruttori today signed the contract for the construction of Copenhagen’s new metro as Leader of the Copenhagen Metro Team…

 

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