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Lynetteholmen (image: Ministry of Transport, Denmark)

Copenhagen to get new island and tunnel

A massive new project has been unveiled that would create thousands of new homes and travel and tourism infrastructure.

Copenhagen is to get a new artificial island and a tunnel as part of a huge and ambitious 50-year plan. Besides the thousands of new homes that will be built, there are also opportunities for hotels and other tourism infrastructure.

The new island, Lynetteholmen, will give the Danish capital’s land area a substantial increase. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, two government ministers and Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen announced the plan, the news agency Ritzau and The Local report.

The artificial island will appear on the outer edges of Refshaleøen, which is itself an extension at the northern point of the island of Amager.

“There will be an island able to accommodate 35,000 residents with the corresponding number of jobs,” Rasmussen said.

Up to 20,000 new homes are planned for construction in both Refshaleøen and the new Lynetteholmen, the first to be built by 2035. But Lynetteholmen will not be complete until 2070.

“This is a historic event, not just for Copenhagen but for all of Denmark,” declared Rasmus Jarlov, minister for business, after the announcement.

Land sales
The island will be constructed using surplus materials from other construction projects in the city, according to the plan.

A new tunnel will run under the harbour and a ring road will be built to the east of the city, while measures will be taken to improve the new urban area’s environmental impact. A new metro line will link the new district with the rest of the city.

“We are getting a free island and will be able to subsequently sell the land. It is this sale which will finance [the metro line],” Transport Minister Ole Birk Olesen said.

The overall cost of the project is estimated at DKK 20 billion (€2.7 billion). But to go ahead, the project must receive the backing of a majority in the country’s parliament and the support of the city’s citizens’ committee.

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