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  1. the original project (put on hold by the right-wing government):

    Railway Gazette: Ringsted expansion launched

    01 February 1998

    DANISH rail infrastructure authority Banestyrelsen launched a public consultation on January 12 into options for increasing capacity on the 64 km København - Ringsted main line running west from the capital. The Folketing passed a law last May authorising the start of planning for the project.

  2. Revival of the project, still with an alibi upgrade as first option:

    Railway Gazette: Capacity boost is needed

    29 October 2008

    DENMARK: September 22 saw the start of a public enquiry into plans by the national rail authority Trafikstyrelsen into ways of expanding capacity on the country's busiest line between København and Ringsted...

    After considering a number of alternatives, the government selected two options for further evaluation in March 2007. Adding a fifth track on the existing line to Høje Tåstrup, remodelling at Roskilde and four-tracking between Adamshøj and Ringsted would cost DKr5bn. But this would only accommodate four or five extra trains per hour, and the extra capacity would be used up by 2017. The alternative is to build a 64 km double-track line from Ny Ellebjerg to Kværkby alongside the Holbæk motorway and then parallelling the existing line into Ringsted. This would cost DKr9bn, but could accommodate up to 13 trains/h...

    The public enquiry is due to be completed by December 1, and the government is expected to make a formal decision between the two options during the second half of 2009.

  3. The ERTMS/ETCS plans (note: the problematic version is Level 2):

    Railway Gazette: ETCS Level 2 for entire Danish network

    19 December 2008

    DENMARK: Banedanmark has announced plans to replace all signalling on the country's national rail network by ERTMS over the next 12 years...

    The favoured option, which has been presented to the government for formal approval, will see all main lines and branches equipped with ETCS Level 2... All lineside signals will be removed, and a completely new set of operational rules will be developed...

  4. 10-year plan approval:

    Denmark approves 10-year infrastructure plan | International Railway Journal | Find Articles at BNET
    International Railway Journal, March, 2009

    THE Danish government has approved by a large majority plans to invest nearly DKr 100 billion ($US 17.2 billion) in transport infrastructure between 2010 and 2020. Most of the investment is destined for public transport, reflecting the need to tackle the investment backlog and provide additional capacity to cope with projected increases in demand.

    Under the plan, infrastructure manager Banedanmark will invest DKr 24 billion in a nationwide rollout of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), which will replace existing systems by 2020. Initially ERTMS will be installed on the Copenhagen-Malmo (Sweden) Oresund link to coincide with the opening Malmo Citytunnel, which will be equipped from the outset with ERTMS...

    As part of the one-hour model, a new 200km/h line will be constructed between Copenhagen and Ringsted with an intermediate station at Koge. The DKr 10 billion line will open in 2018, when the Fehmarn Bridge between Denmark and Germany is due to be completed.

  5. On electrification, read this article in Danish (or Google translate). The article (and the minister's rhetoric) actually focuses on a delay of all electrification, which IMO is idiotic; but, considering that there wasn't any planned seriously, while there was plenty of talk from airheads about the superiority of diesel, there wasn't much to be delayed really -- so what's noteworthy for me (and for some not online rail journals where I read it) is that they talk of it as one to happen anyway -- even arguing that it would be 15% cheaper after signalling is in place. The background is, the ministers' denials notwithstanding, the IC3 debacle.

  6. Go-ahead for part of the Copenhagen-Ringsted corridor capacity increase:

    Railway Gazette: Consultants appointed for København capacity increase

    30 June 2009

    DENMARK: Infrastructure manager Banedanmark has appointed Atkins and Grontmij Carl Bro as design and engineering consultants for a DKr800m project to increase capacity on the western approach to København's main station...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 at 02:55:17 PM EST
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When speaking of Denmark and rail, I'm reminded that the Swedish Europakorridoren project has recieved new attention, partly due to climate change and the Fehmarn Belt bridge bing greenlighted. It's still essentially a paper product supported by business and local authorities, but we've had debate on it in the major papers this summer, and a government report on it is due this fall.

It's essentially a true HSR system for southern Sweden, with linkup to to Germany via Denmark. Total cost around 10 billion euros, half of that for the Swedish part, but something tells me that might be far too optimistic, and I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the cost ends up at 10 billion euros just for the Swedish part.


The distance and population density of Stockholm-Copenhagen is a remarkable carbon copy of Madrid-Barcelona IIRC.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 at 03:14:32 PM EST
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Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 at 03:23:53 PM EST
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Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 at 08:03:53 PM EST
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Ad 5: You're talking about the IC4 debacle. IC3 have been running well and fine for the next best thing to ten years by now.

A bunch of mayors along the current Copenhagen-Ringsted line have been running around trying to toss a spanner in the works of this routing, by the way. They favour a capacity upgrade for the current line, and are busy burning the village to save it.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 at 03:34:11 PM EST
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You're talking about the IC4 debacle

Yes, sorry for the typo. The IC4 deserves another recent newsquote.

Railway Gazette: DSB reaches IC4 settlement with AnsaldoBreda

21 May 2009

DENMARK: A year after issuing an ultimatum to AnsaldoBreda over the protracted delays to the delivery of its IC4 diesel multiple-units, on May 20 state railway DSB announced an agreement to restructure the troubled procurement contract.

The delivery timescale for the 83 IC4 trainsets and 23 IC2 derivatives for regional operation has been extended to 2012, and AnsaldoBreda will compensate DSB for its increased costs. As a stop-gap, DSB is leasing an additional 45 double-deck push-pull coaches, plus an extra three ICE-TD trainsets from DB.

In its May 2008 ultimatum DSB required AnsaldoBreda to deliver 14 IC4 sets by May 2009 for commissioning for single unit operation, plus at least one set approved for coupling to other units. All 15 have now been delivered, and DSB is operating three daily departures with single IC4s on Mondays to Thursdays. The extra set for the coupling tests began running earlier this month, but only has 'qualified' type-approval, and AnsldoBreda has been asked to submit additional documentation to regulatory body Trafikstyrelsen by July 27.

That's a delay of 7 (seven) years for the last unit to be delivered...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 at 04:49:25 PM EST
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Yeah well, if you do bizniz with stupid gits like AnsaldoBreda, then you're kinda sorta asking for it.

These are, after all, the same gits that broke CERN.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 01:48:40 AM EST
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Ah, I was not aware of the Ansaldo Components involvement with those magnets...

In the case of AnsaldoBreda, beyond production quality and management issues, the failure to deliver the IC4 had an extra reason: a case of cascading problems. The theory is that AnsaldoBreda gave priority to another customer and another troubled product: the E.403 locomotives for state railways FS (last I heard, those are still not operational).

But, to not let up Danish authorities: their error was to go with the cheapest offer... an error amazingly repeated by the Dutch-Belgian high speed consortium.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 03:57:35 AM EST
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Ansaldo-Breda screwed up the Gothenburg tram order too IIRC... Eternal delays, and really bad quality when they arrived. Still, they do make world class naval guns.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 04:23:39 AM EST
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Word class by what measure? Any practical applications in the last half century? ;-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 06:06:49 AM EST
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I was of course thinking of the War Nerd's classic U Sank My Carrier! (and its follow-ups Take America's Navy Battle Group...Please! and This Is How the Carriers Will Die); though you may think of smaller calibre.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 06:25:26 AM EST
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Mixed it up with the famous Otobreda gun, made by Oto Melara.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 07:01:33 AM EST
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