Denmark mulls to bridge east-west with new sea link

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COPENHAGEN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Danish government has announced it would continue an ongoing preliminary investigation into building a road link across the Kattegat, a seaway separating eastern and western Denmark, and to look into incorporating a rail link into the proposal, according to a press release from the Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing on Sunday.

Minister for Transport Benny Engelbrecht also paid tribute to the environmental benefits a Kattegat bridge would have on emissions by reducing the travel time for both motorists and train travelers between two major cities of Aarhus and Copenhagen, by up to an hour and a half.

"The significantly shorter travel times between Jutland and Zealand could reduce the number of domestic flights," said Engelbrecht in the press release.

Michael Svane, director of transport and infrastructure at Dansk Industri (Confederation of Danish Industry), welcomed the government's announcement as creating more "robustness" to the country's infrastructure and less dependence on the Great Belt Bridge, currently the only road and train connection between east and west Denmark.

"A future Kattegat road and passenger train connection can realistically be operational as early as 2035 to 2040 and will cost up to 95 billion DKK (14 billion U.S. dollars)" estimated Svane to Denmark's DR TV on Sunday.

According to the press release, the feasibility study is expected to be completed by 2021. Enditem

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