A light rail presents many advantages, including that it is fast, easy and ecofriendly.
Advantages of the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail
The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail will make it easy, rapid and comfortable to travel across Greater Copenhagen. The light rail will run every five minutes in daytime hours, with no fixed timetable, and with connections to S-trains at six stations. It will stop close to DTU (Technical University of Denmark), Herlev and Glostrup Hospitals, and a large number of other workplaces, shops and cultural and sporting venues.
For most of its alignment, the light rail will run on its own track, separated from the rest of the traffic at the side or middle of the road. At a few locations, due to the lack of space it will mingle with other traffic.
A light rail system makes little noise and is highly ecofriendly, running on electricity and with plenty of space for 200-230 passengers in each train, which corresponds to the number of passengers in about four city buses.
The light rail's many advantages make it a popular mode of transport both in Denmark and the rest of Europe.
In 2023/2024, when the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail begins to operate, it will be easy to travel across the S-train network throughout Greater Copenhagen. Here are examples of future travel times:
Lyngby Station – Buddinge Station: 5-10 minutes
Buddinge Station – Herlev Station: 10-15 minutes
Herlev Station – Glostrup Station: 10-15 minutes
Lyngby Station – Glostrup Station: 30-35 minutes
The entire line's running time will be approximately 58 minutes.
The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail will include a new 28-kilometre development area between Lyngby and Ishøj.
The Light Rail will increase the areas' accessibility and create a basis to attract private investment, because many companies and individuals will be keen to be located close to sustainable and effective public transport systems.
Under the Ringby partnership, the municipalities and the Capital Region have joined forces on a political vision to link up urban development with public transport, as well as transformation strategies to achieve the visions.
It is assessed that up to 2032 the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail can create up to 20,000 new workplaces, and towards 40,000 new residents.
Light rail systems in other countries
Light rail systems in Denmark
The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail is one of four new light rails that are being established in Denmark. Here, you can read more about the other light rail lines:
Denmark's first light rail will open in Aarhus in 2017. After this, Odense Light Rail is expected to open in 2020, and both The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail is planned to open in 2023.