The Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link project is part of the global project Fehmarn Belt railway axis (Priority Project 20). As an extension of the Øresund crossing (Priority Project 11) and the Nordic triangle road and rail links (Priority Project 12), it is a key component in the main north-south route connecting the Nordic countries to the rest of Europe.
The project covers three activities:
- the Approval phase – studies
- the development phase – studies
- the construction phase – works
The studies cover environmental, geotechnical and navigational investigations, safety assessments as well as design activities and adaptations for use in the plan approval process of the authorities. The geotechnical investigations are confined to the planned link corridor, whereas the environmental investigation will cover wider areas of the entire Fehmarnbelt and most of Kieler Bucht and Mecklenburger Bucht. The studies also constitute the basis for identifying the best technical solution (bridge or tunnel).
The construction activities will primarily be the start of the establishment of the prefabrication areas for the production of tunnel elements or bridge caissons, piers and girders.
State of progress on 31 December 2011:
The treaty between Denmark and Germany has been signed. The geotechnical studies and the boring campaign have been completed. The environmental studies have been completed. The plan approval procedure in Denmark and Germany has started and is in progress. The recommendation report of the technical solution has been published. The EIS has been informally submitted to the relevant authorities.
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
Studies: 50 %
Works: 23.89 %
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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 2015
Danish Ministry of Transport
German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development
European Commission, DG MOVE