Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link: Denmark approves start of work for €7 billion underwater tunnel to Germany
Work on the Danish side is now expected to start on January 1, 2021, and the tunnel — known as the Fehmarnbelt link — is now forecast to open in mid-2029, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Friday.
Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht hailed the MPs agreement as a "historic decision", describing the tunnel as "a new gateway to Europe".
The 18-kilometre tunnel will link northern Germany to the Danish island of Lolland which are separated by the Fehmarn Belt — a strait in the western part of the Baltic Sea.
Construction was postponed by six months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 52.6 billion Danish kroner (€7 billion) project will feature an electrified double-track railway and a four-lane motorway. It will allow trains and cars to cross the strait in just seven and ten minutes respectively. At the moment, a ferry takes about an hour to make the crossing.
The Fehmarnbelt link will be built as an immersed tunnel. First, a 60-metre wide, 16-metre deep, trench will be dug up in the seabed, into which hollow concrete elements, cast on land, will be placed.https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/27/denmark-approves-start-of-work-for-7-billion-underwater-tunnel-to-germany