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Chinese group offers to build $4bn link between Sweden and Denmark

A subsidiary of China Railway Group has offered to build a tunnel between Sweden and Denmark. The "HH Tunnel" would run between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingør in Denmark, about 30km north of the Öresund Bridge.

The site of the proposed tunnel

China Railway Tunnel Group (CRTG) has held three rounds of discussions with Helsingborg council about its proposals since autumn 2017, and has sent representatives to the city to review existing engineering studies.

The cost of the tunnel has been put at somewhere between $3.3bn and $4bn.

CRTG will now produce an engineering report, which it will present to authorities in the spring.

Renée Mohlkert, the business director of Helsingborg council, told the News Øresund agency that CRTG was financing the investigation itself. He said: "Of course, we think it’s really exciting for anyone who wants an HH connection. We’ve given them the information and they investigate the possibilities. They are doing it entirely for our own sake, we have not procured anything."

Sweden and Denmark are presently conducting their own studies into an Öresund metro, which the Chinese report will complement. Research is being funded by the EU’s Interreg Programme.

The hope is that if there were a 15-minute metro link between the two cities, they would be able to integrate their economies and labour markets. It would also be part of the expansion of Greater Copenhagen, and may be linked to that city’s metro system in the future.

China has been actively courting infrastructure schemes in Scandinavia. Earlier this month GCR reported that a Chinese trade body may invest in a multibillion-euro high-speed rail link under consideration between Norway and Sweden.

Top image: The Hamlet plies between Helsingborg and Helsingør – Shakespeare’s Elsinore (Hakandahlstrom/Creative Commons)

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  1. Ever since I had first seen this geographically narrow part of the Baltic Sea between Denmark and Sweden 6 years ago, I have always hoped that one day, they would build a bridge or tunnel to connect both shores directly. Along with over 30 other potential traffic routes over-/under-water. Including the Fehmarnbelt tunnel(/bridge). And Crimea-Russia (UNTIL RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE AND ANNEXED CRIMEA!) And also hopefully… a traffic route between not Norway and Sweden, but between Sweden and Finland, across the south and or mid part of the Gulf of Bothnia where the water is shallowest, where the potential route would be shortest, and where construction of a bridge would be absolutely achievable. Although the costs would be in the billions. But a bridge over across the southern part of the Gulf of Bothnia would be an especially magnificent achievement in infrastructure. Certainly a long bridge, though it would not be the longest bridge in the world. But such a magnificent achievement achievement in infrastructure mainly because the shortest traffic route across land between for example, Stockholm, Sweden to Turku, Finland is a driving distance of 1,800 kilometers, and a 21-hour drive. Except IF an embankment or land bridge were built. But then cargo ships would not be able to pass such a land bridge. A tall bridge near either shore would allow ships to pass beneath, but such a design would probably be too complexed or complicating. And a tunnel of course would be way too expensive and take way too long to build. But a long bridge like America’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, along with a span near either shore, high enough for ships to pass beneath, should be absolutely achievable.

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