Odense Light Rail, Denmark

Photo: Odense Letbane

Visualization of Odense tramway at Vestre Stationsvej

New light rail will tie together the Danish city of Odense and improve its public transit network.

The Danish city Odense is developing rapidly. Major ongoing projects include the transformation of the main road Thomas B. Thriges Gade, the construction of the new university hospital in Odense, and the establishment of a brand new traffic structure. The light rail will be a key part of urban and transport planning as it will tie the city together and improve public transit.

For years, COWI has been involved in a number of large-scale infrastructure projects in Odense, including traffic models and plans, client consultancy for the transformation of Thomas B. Thriges Gade, the ring road, bus routes towards the city center, the commercial area of Tietgenbyen, and Campus Odense.
Along with its French sub-consultant, SYSTRA, COWI was awarded the contract for general technical consultancy on the light rail project and handles all phases from environmental impact assessment (EIA), design, tendering and contracting, as well as execution and commissioning.

Light rail ties together central functions

Tying together central functions in Odense, the light rail will be the
backbone of public transit in the city.
The light rail project consists of a number of sections. The first 14.4 km section will run from Tarup Centret in the northwest to Hjallese Station in the south part of Odense, passing through the busiest parts of the city.
The light rail will serve 35,000 residents, 33,000 workers and 23,000 students within a five-minute walking distance. Once the light rail is in operation, the number of daily car trips is expected to drop by some 3,900. The first section of the light rail is expected to be operational in 2020.

Light rail generates growth and drives sustainability

Experience from abroad shows that financial growth springs from light rail stops, reviving the city. Additionally, real estate prices along light rails also go up.
The light rail will also serve to make Odense a more sustainable city since the number of public transit users will increase. 

Balancing different modes of transport and urban spaces

One of the project challenges is to create a balance between the light rail and the other modes of transport in Odense. The light rail has to be fitted into tight urban spaces, and the project includes requirements regarding design, layout of stops, pavements, interaction with other traffic, mapping of noise and vibration etc.

LAST UPDATED: 26.06.2017