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Light rail for Copenhagen

It has been announced that Denmark intends to build a light-rail connection around its capital Copenhagen by 2020. The 28-kilometer-long line, which will also link some suburban municipalities, will allow rapid, mass transport of commuters around the city, and help reduce traffic congestion. The project is estimated to cost 3.75 billion Danish kroner (around USD 723 million), with the Danish government contributing 1.5 billion Danish kroner. The rest will be paid for by the Capital Region of Denmark, which includes Copenhagen, and 11 suburban municipalities who have all agreed to the project.

The line is expected to run along Ring 3, a densely-populated stretch of homes and old industrial areas. Transport Minister Hans Christian Schmidt said the light-rail would "secure a sensible and future-proofed alternative to the car on an otherwise very trafficked area." Greater Copenhagen, has a population of around 1.2 million inhabitants, which is currently served by trains, underground metro rail and buses.

1 July 2011

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