Anger at new Baltic bridge

September 16, 2008

Environmental groups have reacted angrily to the news that Denmark and Germany have signed an agreement to build the Fehmarn bridge, a 20km crossing over the Baltic Sea linking the two countries.

The Danish and German transport ministers have agreed on a four-lane road and a twin railway track across the Fehmarn Belt between Fehmarn and Rødby creating a straight line between Hamburg and Copenhagen. Environmentalists demonstrated outside the building in Copenhagen where the agreement was signed, saying it would damage the marine ecosystem and thus destroy the Fehmarn tourism industry that accounts for 85% of the area’s income. They also say the bridge is not necessary given the popular ferry crossing between the two points.