Europaspåret is presented as a solution to increase freight traffic following the new Fehmarn Belt connection

Date

28 May 2018

Press release

At a major infrastructure conference, Fehmarn Belt Days, the city of Landskrona will participate in a seminar together with SJ, KTH, Serneke and Copenhagen Airport to discuss the need for additional Öresund connections when the Ferhmarn Belt fixed link is in operation. This new link is expected to create additional traffic as the Öresund passage can become a bottleneck in the European railroad network. Europaspåret is the only connection that offers a solution to the increasing freight traffic by rail.

 

Tomorrow, on Tuesday 29th of May at 15.30, the city of Landskrona will participate in the seminar entitled "Europaspåret - the Natural Extension of the Fehmarn Fixed Connection to Scandinavia" at Fehmarn Belt Days in Malmö. The seminar will focus on future connections between Oslo and Hamburg. The city of Landskrona has a proposal for a new connection between Landskrona and Copenhagen called Europaspåret.

"Europaspåret is the only solution that will prevent future bottleneck problems, as it offers new capacity for both freight and passenger traffic. It also gives significantly shorter travel times to Copenhagen from across the Swedish west coast. It relieves the heavily trafficked train tracks through Lund, Malmö, and Copenhagen Airport from freight train traffic and creates the opportunity for more passenger trains on the Öresund Bridge,” says Lennart Serder, Project Manager for Europaspåret.

Increasing the capacity for freight traffic by train is crucial for transports in Europe and Sweden. Germany is Sweden's largest trading partner and with the strong development in the Hamburg region, it is essential for Swedish trade to improve freight traffic to and from Germany.

"Europaspåret is the only realistic solution for solving the issue of increasing freight traffic by rail in northern Europe," says Torkild Strandberg, Mayor of Landskrona.

During the Fehmarn Belt Days, the city of Landskrona also arranged an informal meeting with Pat Cox, Coordinator of the Trans-European Network and former Speaker of the European Parliament, to discuss how Europaspåret can link Fehmarn Belt with the South Swedish rail network.

During the seminar, the participants will discuss the regional economic benefits of the proposed fixed connection between Landskrona and Copenhagen. Morten Boje Hviid, from Copenhagen Airport, will present how important it is for good rail passenger service to and from the airport. Ola Serneke, from Serneke Group, will show how the Europaspåret can be built and financed. Per Helgesson from SJ will discuss how to drive long distance trains to Copenhagen and Hamburg, and Gerhard Troche from KTH demonstrates the effects Europaspåret has on the important Scandinavian-Mediterranian transport corridor.

 

Press contact:

Lennart Serder, project manager, Europaspåret, +46-707-243876, lennart.serder@landskrona.se

Torkild Strandberg, mayor of Landskrona, +46-418-47 31 60

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