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Connections between Eastern and Western Denmark

In relation to the green transport policy agreement from January 2009, it has been decided to conduct strategic analyses concerning the long-term capacity needs for the traffic between Eastern and Western Denmark.


Since the opening of the Great Belt link in 1997/98, the traffic volume across the country has increased markedly. In relation to the recent years’ political agreements in the transport sector, decisions have been made to expand a number of stretches of central motorways connecting traffic between the Danish regions. In the long term the traffic development will engender that a need for more capacity and new connections for Danish regions will emerge.

Moreover, it has been decided to implement a so-called ’Hour Model’ for the railways, which can produce significantly shorter travel time between the Danish regions and the greater cities in Denmark. On the stretch from Århus to Odense, the realisation of the Hour Model is provided on the condition that a shorter route than the current is being established. This might result in new regular services.

As part of the strategic analyses, three main expansion strategies for road and railway connections between the Danish regions have been identified:

  • A third fixed link at the Little Belt
  • A fixed link north of the Little Belt between Bogense and Juelsminde
  • A Kattegat fixed link directly between Zealand and Jutland over the island Samsø

The consequences of the different strategies in terms of traffic, mobility, environment, wildlife as well as funding and user charge will be clarified.

A strategy for the connections between Eastern and Western Denmark must been viewed in close connection with the issue of road system in Jutland.

A number of screenings of the expansion options will be conducted and published regularly on this website (Only available in Danish).