Sweden agrees to fund study looking into whether a bridge between Helsingør and Helsingborg would be viable
Meeting to mark the tenth anniversary of the Øresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö, ministers from Denmark and Sweden have announced they will look into whether a second bridge is necessary.
Cabinet members from both sides of the strait met in Limhamn in Sweden to discuss the effects the Øresund Bridge has had on integration in the region.Despite sparse usage initially, traffic over the Øresund Bridge has risen to 20,000 vehicles a day. The existing ferry service between Helsingør and Helsingborg currently carries 17,000 passengers a day.
Swedish officials are convinced a new bridge would also prove itself to be viable, and even though the Danish government was lukewarm to the idea, it agreed to the study after Sweden announced it would foot the entire cost.
Brian Mikkelsen, the commerce minister, said: ‘If Sweden is interested in a study, then Denmark is interested in a study too.’
At only 4km long, a new bridge would be less of an engineering feat than the existing 15km Øresund bridge and tunnel link that required the construction of an artificial island.