Saturday, February 5, 2011

European Infrastructure

Kudos to the Danish Parliament for a 7-1 vote allowing the construction of an underwater tunnel connecting the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish island of Lolland. The proposed tunnel was voted over a proposed bridge that would span the 11.6 miles separating these two islands, both with connections to the mainland. The tunnel, it turns out, will be cheaper and more ecofriendly than an 18-km bridge. After completion of the tunnel, estimated around 2010, journey times between Hamburg and Coppenhagen will be reduced to 3 hours.

Denmark's decision to back this project will cost them around 7bn$ US, or 5.1bn Euro as they will be taking on most of the cost of the project. Germany will contribute somewhere between 800 million- 1.7bn Euro to connect the tunnel to their infrastructure. Denmark expects to recoup their investment in about 30 years in tolls, not to mention the tourism and travel it will undoubtedly incite.

As seen in the photo above, the tunnel will house both rail and motorways for tourists. A very cool piece of design, and some great news for European development. 

Via Business Insider.

Current German countryside where the proposed tunnel will begin. By 2020, the development here will be astronomical.

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