The construction of the long-awaited tunnel that has established a convenient and high-speed transport link between continental Europe and Scandinavia has been finished. It connects the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland.
Initially, A bridge was planned, but a tunnel subsequently replaced this project, as it significantly reduced risks and negative environmental impact while the cost of construction remained comparable.
The 18-kilometre precast concrete structure has a rectangular cross-section of about 40 meters and is 10 meters long. There are four separate corridors within – two for cars and two for high-speed trains. Because of difficulties with the German bureaucratic system, construction completion was postponed several times. But now the journey from Scandinavia to Europe takes only 10 minutes for the cars drivers and 7 minutes for high-speed trains. It is assumed that the tunnel will last without major repairs until 2140.