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Railway Line between Copenhagen and Ringsted

A new, electrified, railway line between Copenhagen and Ringsted for high-speed trains, which will give shorter journey times

From 2010–2018, Banedanmark is building a dual-track, electrified high-speed railway line between Copenhagen and Ringsted via Køge. The line will be built for speeds of up to 250 km/hr for passenger trains, and it will be the first railway line in Denmark for high-speed trains. The railway line will enable more departures, shorter travel times, fewer delays and therefore more satisfied travellers.

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Project Details

Project Name

Railway Line between Copenhagen and Ringsted




Bridges, Design and engineering, Infrastructure





Engineer: COWI

Crossing national borders

The section between Copenhagen and Ringsted is of international importance as it forms part of the trans-European network and will link Scandinavia to the rest of Europe.

MT Højgaard was the lead contractor for the bridge works and the railway line. The link comprises a total of six bridges from Vallensbæk to Brøndby as well as four major road bridges and two railway bridges with additional roadways, footpaths, drainage and earthworks.

MT Højgaard is the design-build contractor on the bridge works relating to the railway between Copenhagen and Ringsted.

In addition to six bridges in Vallensbæk and Brøndby west of Copenhagen, the rail link comprises four large road bridges and two railway bridges.

Project management, design and coordination

MT Højgaard’s Design & Engineering division was responsible for project management, including coordination and management of all bridge constructions and the prefabricated concrete tunnel elements. We were also responsible for the design and planning of all excavations, railway and road drainage, roads, paths and temporary constructions.

Complete 3D modellation was used on the project of building the railway line between Copenhagen and Ringsted.

The project between Copenhagen and Ringsted functioned as an exciting pilot project for larger construction projects which were modelled entirely in 3D. During the project, we have been using Microstation and AutoCAD Civil 3D as design tools. We have also used the BIM tool, Navisworks, for digital review and collision control of the design. The 3D models have been continually updated from the previous phases and at the same time have been used to compare volumes. In this way we have achieved a good overview of both progress and budget.

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