World’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel gets contractor

Vania Goncalves 1 Jun 2016 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Femern Link Contractors joint venture has won three conditional contracts for the Femernbelt transport link between Denmark and Germany.


The contracts from the Danish government, which have a total value of €3.4bn,  include the design and build of what is set to be the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel.

One of the contracts covers the building of the portal structures, toll buildings, bridges and ramps, while the other two cover the construction of the immersed tunnel and the factory that will manufacture the precast tunnel elements.

The tunnel will be 18km long and will connect Denmark’s Lolland Falster region with Germany’s Schleswig Holstein region, shortening the journey between both countries from one hour by ferry or a 160km detour by car to just ten minutes by car or seven minutes by train.

The joint venture, which includes VINCI Construction Grands Projects, Per Aarsleff, Royal Bam Group, Solétanche-Bachy International, CFE and Max Bögl Stiftung & Co, is expected to start construction work in January 2018, subject to permits from the German Government.

The link will take approximately eight and a half years to complete.

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