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Major rail project completed on time and below budget

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Together with Atkins, COWI has been the consultants on the successful construction of an additional railway track between Lejre and Vipperød and a speed upgrade to 160 km/h between Roskilde and Holbæk.

A long exciting journey has reached its completion on the so-called North West Line. The Roskilde-Holbæk line opened August 18 with an official inauguration, and the approximately 12,000 daily passengers can now commute with significantly shorter travel times than they were used to. COWI has, along with Atkins, been advising on this extensive project.

Major investments connect the country

The construction phase started in 2012 and the entire project, which has been ten years in the making, has cost approximately DKK 1.1 billion. It was completed on time and completed more than DKK 200 million below the construction budget.

"The major investments in railways are crucial in the process of tying the country together and make it possible to commute between the cities", says Jens Sandager, Vice President & Senior Market Director at COWI's Bridges Scandinavia.

An extensive challenge

Back in 2005, COWI and Atkins started assisting Banestyrelsen, the Danish Transport Authority, towards the preparation of a complete expansion of the North West Line. The expansion included the construction of a second track, renovation of four stations, decommissioning of four public road crossings, construction of replacement facilities, renovation and new construction of numerous bridges, and upgrading of the existing track. 

"It has been a challenging and educational planning period. Everyone involved has done a fantastic job, and as a result of this we have reached the target - both in respect to time and budget," says Jens Sandager.

COWI shaping the railways of the future

The North West Line has now successfully opened as the first major railway construction project among many, as the project is part of a larger strategy, called "Railways of the Future", aimed to improve the Danish railways. As the consultants to Banedanmark COWI, together with Atkins, has been part in solving this challenging and exciting rail task.

"COWI's 360 degree approach has proved its value in this project, where COWI has been involved in every discipline of this very multidisciplinary project", concludes Preben Juul Mikkelsen, Market Director in Rails and Metro.


By Lisbeth Nedergaard, ling@cowi.com
Published 29.08.2014

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