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

22 June 2011  •  Author(s): 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).

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