In a consortium with the general infrastructure contractor Per Aarsleff A/S, Siemens has received an order to build a light rail system in Copenhagen, Denmark, from urban transport development company Greater Copenhagen Light Rail I/S. The contract includes 27 four-car Avenio trams, rail electrification, signaling, communication, workshop equipment, overall project management and system integration. The contract will be implemented as a turnkey project. The contract also includes maintenance services for 15 years. Commissioning of the system is planned for 2024.
The tram line will consist of 28 kilometers of double track with 29 stations, and will run between Lyngby, a northern suburb of Copenhagen, and and Ishøj, a suburb south of the city. Each Avenio tram has a seating capacity of 64 and space for 199 standees. The line will run along the Ring 3 highway and replace bus service in an effort to decarbonize public transport as part of the urban development plan developed in 1947, known as the Finger Plan.
The purpose behind building a light rail system in Greater Copenhagen is to develop the city’s suburbs and connect the “fingers” to the capital and the 11 municipalities between them. This project will strengthen green transportation in Copenhagen and will mark a significant improvement in the city’s infrastructure. It will play an important role in improving air quality and reducing traffic jams and congestion in the capital. Furthermore, it will support Copenhagen’s goal to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025.