This project is an important part of the global project of the future Fehmarn Belt railway axis between Germany and Denmark connecting central Europe to the Nordic countries (Priority Project 20). More specifically, it aims to improve the German part for the section between Lübeck on the German mainland and Puttgarten on Fehmarn Island, by addressing the increase of railway traffic and optimising passenger and freight connections.
The project will involve:
- Pre-feasibility studies covering geotechnical investigations, analyses of the track for the speed including axle load, realisation of pre-design studies;
- Assessment of several variants of rail alignments for connecting the Fehmarn Belt rail crossing with the German rail network, taking into account environmental impact, noise protection, costs and technical feasibility. As an outcome, a favoured alignment will be recommended;
- For the chosen alignment, preparation of the tender dossier: technical specifications, detailed design and financial breakdown, preparation of the request for legal authorisations from relevant authorities;
- Final approval of the plans by the relevant authorities.
State of progress on 31 December 2011:
The implementation of the project is ongoing. A regional planning procedure has started at the request of the region of Schleswig-Holstein in order to assess the impacts of the different alignment proposals. Additional studies and procedures to assess the impact of a double track line are ongoing. With it, the regional authorities are bindly committed to take a decision on the alignment.
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
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This project was also looked at during the Mid-Term Review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme.
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Member States involved:
Start date: June 2008
End date: December 2013
Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS)
DB Netz AG
European Commission, DG MOVE