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THE UPCOMING FEMERN TUNNEL IS EUROPE’S LARGEST INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT, AND WILL CONNECT THE ISLAND OF LOLLAND IN DENMARK WITH THE ISLAND OF FEHMARN IN GERMANY
The Femern Tunnel
Plans for the tunnel started already in during the construction of the Øresund Bridge with the overall goal of creating a corridor from the north of Scandinavia to continental Europe, thus connecting the island of Lolland in Denmark with Germany.
After years of planning and lobbying, work on the Femern tunnel officially started in January 2020, with the approval from the German authorities for their end of the constuction.
FASTER JOURNEY Currently, crossing the Femern strait takes 45 minutes by ferry between Rødbyhavn in Denmark and Puttgarden in Germany. The tunnel will cut this transport time to 10 minutes by car and 7 minutes by rail.
Transport between Copenhagen and Hamburg will be effectively reduced from 4.5 to 2.5 hours.
EASY & FAST COMMUTE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT Commuting will be easier and more efficient by way of electric trains that run up to 200 km per hour, running primarily on renewables.
Workers will find it more plausible to find jobs on both side of the border, giving more opportunities for both Danish ang German workers.
MORE CAPACITY The Femern tunnel will provide a more direct route between Scandinavia and Central Europe, significantly freeing up road and rail capacity that is currently running through the mainland of Jutland.
The tunnel will be open 24 hours and will largely by unaffected by seasonal weather changes, thus making the journey more accessible than ever before.
It is no secret that the Femern tunnel project has lifted the profile of Lolland-Falster. The region has experienced major growth in recent years and even more so when the tunnel opens.
JOBS The construction of the tunnel has and will create thousands of jobs directly at the construction site and with sub-contractors. This is signifcant for the regions of Lolland-Falster and the northern part of Schelswig-Holstein.
MIGRATION The influx of new jobs has also led to both the migration of Danish workers and their families, as well as international workers immigrating with their families to the region.
This boosts the regional demographics, making it more diversified with an international footprint.
NEW INVESTMENTS With increased public knowledge and press comes interest from developers and investors, both domestic and international.
Local companies are upgrading their domicile to be more central and visible.
Being at the heart of the Scandinavian and Central-Eastern European corridor, investors have shown vested interest in establishing businesses and developing warehouse and logistics centers along the E20 motorway in Lolland-Falster.
In 2023, a German commercial real estate developer, Peper & Söhne, bought prime plots of land at the hub at motorway exit 48 in Maribo. They will begin construction of spaces for manufacturing and distribution purposes later in the year.
The construction of the Femern tunnel has 8 phases:
Construction of work harbors in Denmark and Germany
One of the most critical considerations during the planning of the Femern tunnel has been the environmental impact both marine life and on land. Femern A/S has the utmost task of respecting nature during the construction and operation of the tunnel, thus making them compliant with all environmental requirements set forth by the Danish and German governments and the EU.
Extensive studies have shown that the tunnel will not lead to critical impact to plant and animal life.
Femern A/S is undertaking compensatory measures in order to offset any natural landscape affected by the location and placement of the tunnel.
Measures such as a the creation of an additional 60 ha. of a nature reserve surrounding a new 8 ha. lake, plus an additional few hectares for recreation will benefit the citizens of Lolland.
NEW REEFS Femern A/S will construct new stone reefs covering 42 ha. of seabed that will provide a good habitat for many of the local plant and animal species, strengthening the biodersity in the area.
FLORA AND FAUNA ON LAND New green corridors will be createdd near and around the construction site, forming the basis for robust insect populations. Since acquisition of land for construction, Femern A/S has been working with local farmers to continually create green reserves that will comprise of grasslands and woodlands.
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