On completion of three major Danish infrastructure projects, Copenhagen will occupy a key location between the Scandinavian peninsula and Central Europe. To prepare for the resulting inevitable demand for extra facilities, the Danish Government has approved a plan for developing Orestad, a new township, which is about 5km south east of Copenhagen city centre and next to the Oresund Link between Denmark and Sweden. This article describes the design and construction of a new mass transit system, the Copenhagen Metro, which has been planned to run trains at 2-3min intervals, with a journey time of 7min. Its first phase has 8km of line and eight stations below ground, and 6km and five stations above ground. The later second and third phases will add 8km more line and ten more stations, mainly at surface level. From the ground level down, the geology is fill and top soil, post-glacial deposits of clay, sand, and gravel, then limestone. Care must be taken to protect many old buildings over the line. The line's structures must have a design life of 100 years, with failure probability less than 0.001% in 100 years. The design of the underground stations had to consider functionality, aesthetics, environmental impact, geology and hydrology, construction methods, and construction risk, cost, and time.

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    International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering

    ETH-Honggerberg, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 15
    Zurich 8093,   Switzerland  CH-8093
  • Authors:
    • LARSEN, O D
  • Publication Date: 1999-5


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 113-5
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  • Accession Number: 00769940
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 7 1999 12:00AM