Cycleway Proposed for Oresund Bridge
Posted on: 26/02/2015

The Oresund Bridge is Europe’s second largest bridge, offering both a motorway and railway between Scania (southernmost Sweden) and Denmark. Since its construction in 2000 the bridge has offered an easy way to cross the 8-mile wide Oresund Straits, the seaway between the two land ports.

Now the bridge could also offer itself to cyclists by means of two new elevated cycle ways alongside the current structure. This proposal, which has come from Swedish firms Skanska and Sweco, is part of one of the boldest physical and social engineering projects that Europe has ever seen.

However the cycle way plan will demand hard work and innovative ideas. The cycle paths would be suspended over the bridge’s motor traffic via a string of elevated platforms, this form of construction will make the pathways highly vulnerable to strong winds, something which will have to be considered in the planning. Furthermore, when the bridge reaches Peberholm (an artificial Island), the road continues to Copenhagen in the form of a tunnel, for this part of the journey the cycle path would have to be assigned an individual tunnel or tube.

The costs associated with this project would be substantially high due to the combination of both new bridge/elevated construction as well as the requirement for new tunnels to be created. However it has been suggested that a significant proportion of funding could be delivered from the profits of the bridge’s tolls, and considering its role in a wider project (Oresund 2070), it is unlikely that the project would fall short of sponsorship.

Oresund 2070 it an ambitious blueprint for the entire region which envisions light rail systems and train lines, 300 kilometres of new cycle paths and a substantial boost of residential homes which will offer housing to more than 1 million people.

Whilst Oresund 2070 is certainly ambitious, it is not unrealistic. It will offer a substantial improvement to the region and will encourage the development of both Sweden and Denmark in the international competition.

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