It was a groundbreaking event when the Copenhagen Metro opened its first fully automated, driverless metro in 2002. Since then, it has become the most natural thing in the world for the citizens of Copenhagen to travel at speeds of 80km/h 18 metres below street level to avoid the traffic jams in the city centre.
In 2008, the Copenhagen Metro was awarded “The World’s Best Metro” by a jury of transport specialists from all over the world. The award was for the metro’s high level of stability and security, as well as a punctuality of more than 98% of all trains arriving on time. Because of the success, it was decided in 2005 that the Copenhagen Metro should be expanded to also include the new Cityringen (City Circle Line). The future 15.5 km line will include a total of 17 stations, twelve of which will be new constructions and an additional three will be conversions of existing railway stations. Construction of this line will increase the number of metro stations to 37 and tie together the different neighbourhoods of Copenhagen. A round trip on the new City Circle Line will take approximately 24 minutes.
Improving inner city transport
Now that the Cityringen is completed, 85% of all homes, work places and educational institutions in the inner city and its surrounding neighbourhoods will be less than a ten minute walk from a metro or train station. The new inner city line will carry about 275,000 passengers per day. About 25% of these are estimated to be people not currently using public transport.
Ramboll’s consultancy services regarding the existing metro lines encompassed all railway infrastructure disciplines such as permanent way (track systems), traction power, automatic (driverless) train control systems, passenger information systems and telecom. For Cityringen, in joint venture with Atkins, we are also responsible for rolling stock (the train fleet) and a large automated train depot which houses maintenance facilities and the control centre for the entire line.
The project was be a central task for our railway engineers until its completion in 2019. The line will be worth EUR 1.5 billion, making it one of Denmark's biggest ever railway projects.