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Underground operations of the Copenhagen Metro

Issue 3 2008, Past issues  •  30 June 2008  •  Torben Johansen, Technical Director, Metroselskabet I/S

This article gives an introduction to the Copenhagen City Metro and a brief overview of both running and planned extension projects.

The Copenhagen Metro has two lines which run from suburban Vanløse to Vestamager and the Airport, both situated on the island of Amager. The first two parts opened in 2002 and 2003 respectively and the extension from Lergravsparken, which link the first two parts of the Metro with the Copenhagen Airport, opened in late 2007. It takes 23 minutes to travel through the entire system, though most passengers spend a maximum of 6-7 minutes at a time in the Metro. The lines cover 21km – 10km in tunnels and 11km on elevated tracks and embankments.

Copenhagen Metro opens new extension

Issue 6 2007, Past issues  •  7 December 2007  •  Torben Johansen, Technical Director, Ørestad Development Corporation

A new stretch of the Copenhagen Metro has been opened by HRH Crown Prince Frederik. The new addition is a boon to foreign tourists, business travellers and most of all, the employees of Denmark’s largest workplace; Copenhagen Airport. It is now possible to travel from the airport to the city centre (Kgs. Nytorv) in just 13 minutes.

After years of preparation, the opening date – 28 September – was a full month ahead of schedule. The new stretch has already been integrated into overall Metro operations without any negative effect on reliability, which in the first six months of 2007 was 98.5 per cent.

The Copenhagen Metro

Issue 1 2006, Past issues  •  31 March 2006  •  Torben Johansen, Technical Director, Orestad Development Corporation

The Copenhagen Metro is one of the most modern systems in the world. The metro’s latest development is an extension to the airport, which will open in 2007. There are also future plans for a city ‘Circle Line’, which would be one of the biggest construction projects modern Copenhagen has ever seen.

The Copenhagen Metro has two lines which run from the suburban area of Vanløse to Vestamager and Lergravsparken, both situated on the island of Amager. The lines opened in 2002 and 2003 respectively. An extension from Lergravsparken, which will link the existing line with the Copenhagen Airport, is planned to open in October next year. It takes 23 minutes to travel through the entire system. Most passengers, though, spend a maximum of 6-7 minutes at a time in the metro. The lines cover 21 km (10 km in tunnels and 11 km on elevated tracks and embankments).

 

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