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New bike tunnel to Malmö proposed

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New bike tunnel to Malmö proposed
New commuting options are needed for the Øresund region's growing population. Photo: Colourbox
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A Swedish plan calls for better cross-country commuting options including the extension of Copenhagen's metro to Malmö and a "super bike tunnel" across the Øresund
It's currently forbidden to cycle across the Øresund Bridge, a part-bridge, part-tunnel connection between Copenhagen and Malmö made famous by the hit television show The Bridge.
 
But if new proposals by Sweden-based construction company Skanska and Swedish consultancy firm Sweco come into effect, the dream for commuting cyclists could become a reality.
 
A report from the companies proposes six new connections across the Øresund strait, including the extension of Copenhagen’s metro system to Malmö, a new high-speed connection from Malmö to the Copenhagen Airport, and a tunnel between Helsingør  and Helsingborg.
 
A closer look at the planned bike tunnel. Photo: Öresund 2070
A closer look at the planned bike tunnel. Photo: Öresund 2070
 
The proposed bike lane, referred to as a "super cycle path", would run in a separate tunnel above the cars on the eight-kilometre Øresund Bridge.
 
The Swedish report said that growth is expected to skyrocket in the Øresund area, resulting in an increase of an estimated one million people by the year 2070.
 
To keep the region internationally competitive, the report suggested building 500,000 new homes as well. 
 
"The goal of our our work is to start discussions between the business sector and both the public and non-profit sectors about how we can realize the potential of the region," Pierre Olofsson, CEO of Skanska Sweden, said in a statement.
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