Light Rail Transit for Aarhus – uniting forces to realise the vision

30 June 2009  •  Author(s): Ole Sørensen, Light Rail Project Manager, Midttrafik and Lisa Bak Jensen, EIA Coordinator, COWI A/S

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.

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