The Fehmarn Belt tunnel, currently under construction between Puttgarden in Germany and Rødby in Denmark, is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe and is expected to be completed in 2029. The tunnel, also known as the Puttgarden Tunnel, will serve as a crucial connection between Scandinavia and Central Europe and is anticipated to have a significant impact on the economy, environment, and society in the region.
Spanning approximately 18 kilometers, the Fehmarn Belt tunnel will consist of a single tunnel tube capable of accommodating both trains and cars, including trucks. The tunnel will be constructed at a depth of around 40 meters beneath the seabed. The train journey time is projected to be a mere seven minutes, while the car journey time will be 10 minutes.
The Fehmarn Belt tunnel is expected to bring substantial economic benefits to the region. It will enhance trade and tourism between Germany and Denmark, fostering economic growth and creating new employment opportunities. Additionally, the tunnel will alleviate pressure on existing infrastructure and reduce travel times, making the region even more attractive to businesses and tourists.
The implications for the current ferry connection are yet to be determined, but it appears that they may become redundant. With both road and rail connections provided by the tunnel, it offers a superior alternative for both drivers and pedestrians. It is possible that freight traffic will continue to utilize water transport.
You can also view webcam footage of the construction of this tunnel on this website.