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GERMANIA: PORTERA' IN DANIMARCA PONTE PIU' GRANDE EUROPA
(AGI) - Berlino, 29 giu. - Il governo tedesco e quello danese hanno deciso di costruire un ponte lungo 19 km, destinato a collegare Puttgarten, sulla costa baltica tedesca, alla cittadina danese di Rodby, situata sull'isola di Lolland. Si tratta del ponte piu' grande d'Europa, frutto di un accordo siglato dal ministro dei Trasporti tedesco Wolfgang Tiefensee e dal suo collega danese Flemming Hansen. I lavori avranno inizio nel 2011 e termineranno nel 2018. I costi di costruzione del gigantesco ponte, stimati a 5,5 miliardi di euro, saranno pressoche' interamente a carico della Danimarca, piu' interessata della Germania alla realizzazione dell'opera. Una volta costruito, andare da Amburgo a Copenaghen prendera' tre ore e mezzo di tempo, invece della quattro ore e mezzo attuali.
La costruzione dell'opera rischia di mettere in crisi la societa' di navigazione Scandlines, che attualmente gestisce il servizio di traghetti ferroviari tra Puttgarten e Rodby. Solo alcuni mesi fa la societa' era stata venduta per 1,56 miliardi di euro ad un consorzio privato dai suoi possessori, lo Stato danese e la Deutsche Bahn, le ferrovie tedesche.(AGI)
Germany, Denmark Agree to Build $7.3 Billion Bridge
By Frances Schwartzkopff
June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Denmark and Germany agreed to build a 40 billion-kroner ($7.3 billion) toll bridge, providing a more direct route between the Nordic region and mainland Europe meant to cut transport costs and boost economic development.
Denmark will finance the construction of the 19-kilometer (12-mile) bridge between Roedby, on the Danish island of Lolland, and Puttgarden, on the German island of Fehmarn, the two countries' transport ministries said in an e-mailed statement today. Denmark also will pay to build the landing area on its side, while Germany will bear the cost at its end.
The bridge's economic benefits may reach 18 billion kroner over 50 years, the Danish government estimated in a December report. About 5 billion kroner would go to Denmark, 7.5 billion kroner to Germany and the remainder elsewhere in Europe, it said. The estimate doesn't include toll revenue from the bridge itself, said the Danish Transport Ministry's Soeren Clausen.
``Train transporters will save about 160 kilometers on the stretch between Hamburg and Copenhagen,'' Danish Transport Minister Flemming Hansen said. ``The calculations also show that there will be environmental gains in the form of lower carbon dioxide emissions.''
Construction likely will begin in 2011, with the span opening in 2018, he said.
Denmark first proposed a bridge more than a decade ago. The effort picked up momentum last year when Hansen began talks with German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee.
``Germany and Denmark have reached a political breakthrough today,'' Tiefensee said. ``This bridge will connect nations. It won't just shorten the driving time between Copenhagen and Hamburg, but also be of high importance for all European routes of transportation.''
The bridge will have four lanes for cars and two lanes for trains and will be Denmark's longest, the nation's Transport Ministry said. The world's biggest sea bridge, in the Zhejiang province of China, is 22.4 miles long. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana is the world's longest over-water highway bridge at 24 miles, according to the Wisconsin Engineer magazine.
Cars headed south from Denmark and Sweden now typically travel along the Danish peninsula to the German border, or catch ferries to various destinations. To speed travel, Denmark has in the past decade built the 18-kilomter Storebaelt bridge linking the island of Fyn to the main Danish peninsula, and the 16- kilometer Oeresund bridge linking Copenhagen to southern Sweden.
Without the bridge, the route between Copenhagen and Hamburg is currently ``one of the biggest bottlenecks in the northern European transport system,'' Swedish Infrastructure Minister Aasa Torstensson said in a statement today in Stockholm.
Swedish Trade Minister Sten Tolgfors said ``Forecasts show that more than 50 percent of the traffic over the bridge will have Sweden has its destination or point of origin. Swedish transporters will contribute significantly through tolls to the bridge's financing.''
The German and Danish parliaments must approve the project, which Denmark expects will be paid for, via toll revenue, 25 years after its opening.
Danish support for the bridge isn't unanimous, with parties from both the right and the left expressing skepticism. The Danish Folkeparti said in an e-mailed statement that Germany should carry more of the financial burden, while Enhedslisten questioned whether the envisioned traffic would be sufficient to pay for the bridge.
About 9,000 people are likely to be involved in building the bridge.
The 40 billion-kroner estimate for the bridge's cost was provided by the Danish Transport Ministry's Clausen.