February 16th 2011
An Atkins-led consortium has won the contract to design Denmark's first stretch of high speed railway.
London-based WS Atkins Plc will be working for Rail Net Denmark on the 60 kilometre new line. Says Eva Rindom, Atkins market director, Denmark, ‘This is a flagship project as it is the first Danish line designed for high speed operation and the first new line built in more than a decade.
‘There will be challenges as the new line will bisect existing infrastructure such as road, bridges and tunnels so the planning stage is absolutely vital in order to reduce potential disruption. The scheme design is also more complicated due to the fact it must satisfy strict international high speed standards but it's something we're well prepared for as this is just one of many high speed schemes Atkins is currently working on around the world.'
The new line will run from Copenhagen to Ringsted. The £1.2 billion scheme will create more capacity, cut delays and reduce travel times.
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