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Deal reached to make Danish trains faster

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Plan is to invest €3.82 billion to electrify network

The Danish government has agreed to invest billions of kroner from oil reserves in a new, faster, electrified rail network.

The rail upgrade was announced after the political parties Dansk Folkeparti and Enhedslisten found common ground in long-running negotiations on the Togfonden DK train fund.

“This will be a considerable improvement of public transport,” Pia Olsen Dyhr, the country’s transport minister, told the Politiken newspaper. “It’s probably the first real improvement since Storebæltsbroen,” she added, referring to the rail tunnel and road bridge between Zealand and Sprogø, which opened in 1997-98.

The DKK 28.5 billion (€3.82 billion) plan to electrify the rail network will cut travel times between Denmark’s biggest cities to less than an hour.

Copenhagen Post / Politiken

[photo by Jens Hasse/Chili foto/DSB]

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