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Two Danish light rail projects will be the first of their kind in COWI. Therefore it is not only natural, but also essential that the two projects learn and benefit from each other.
In cooperation with its French sub-consultant, SYSTRA, COWI was awarded the contract for technical consultancy on the light rail project in Odense, Denmark, and handles all phases from environmental impact assessment (EIA), producing tender materials, procurement, supervision and commissioning. The project began in 2011 and will be completed in 2020.
In the second largest city of Denmark, Aarhus, an ongoing similar light rail project stands as the first of its kind in Denmark. This project started 11 years before the one in Odense, which is why the team in Odense are relying on best practice experience from Aarhus. For this purpose, ‘experience sharing’ meetings are held.
“In order to get the best possible outcome for both projects, we get together and share experience, both bad and good, in order to secure synergy effects and base our advice on the shoulders of our experience ,” says Project Director Bent Bertil Jacobsen.
The light rail will serve to make Odense a more sustainable city since the number of public transit users will increase. Also, experience from abroad shows that financial growth springs from light rail stops, reviving the city.
“This is more than just a technical project. It is also an expansion of a city and a change in its fundamental structure. So any experience gained here can be implemented and used in many different projects all over the world,” says Jacobsen.
Odense ligt rail, Denmark
Aarhus light rail, Denmark
Stavanger urban rail, Norway