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Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden to close for emergency services exercise

The Öresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden will be closed to motorway traffic from 7:45pm until 11pm on Thursday evening.

A file photo of the Öresund Bridge
A view at the Oresund Bridge with the flags of Sweden, left, and Denmark in the foreground 01 July 2000. The bridge-tunnel link between Denmark and Sweden was inaugurated Saturday by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The rail-and-road link connects the Danish capital Copenhagen with southern Sweden across the 16-kilometer wide Oresund strait. Soeren Bidstrup/Scanpix Nordfot . EPA PHOTO/NORDFOTO/SOEREN BIDSTRUP (Photo by SOEREN BIDSTRUP / SCANPIX DENMARK / AFP)

Emergency services are to conduct exercises in the tunnel section of the crossing as well as on the motorway, meaning it will be closed to cars, operator Øreseundsbron confirmed on Twitter.

Trains will still operate during the period, but on a reduced schedule. Rail passengers are advised to use Rejseplanen.dk or the Skånetrafiken app for travel updates.

Authorities are to practice their response to a major accident in the tunnel during the exercise, in which emergency services and rail personnel as well as around actors from Denmark and Sweden will take part.

Five such exercises have previously been conducted on the Öresund Bridge since it opened in 2000.

Around 20,000 vehicles and 200 trains use the crossing daily, connecting Danish capital Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden.

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Copenhagen rail terminals to be renovated at cost of 242 million kroner

Copenhagen’s two main passenger rail stations, Copenhagen Central Station and Nørreport, are to be given a freshen up as the national rail operator DSB invests in renovations at the termini.

Copenhagen rail terminals to be renovated at cost of 242 million kroner

National rail operator DSB has been given the green light to give the stations a much-needed refresh, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Friday.

Copenhagen Central Station will be “modernised” at the area facing the Reventlowsgade street, while Nørreport will be renovated, the ministry said.

The purpose of the works will be to “create a more attractive urban space for passengers and visitors who pass through the area”.

The Central Station will be modernised internally with respect to its architecture, with new buildings and more space between buildings within the main station building itself. This will give “better distribution of passengers and increased security”, the ministry said.

At Nørreport, staircases and platforms will be improved to “make the area a more pleasant and secure place to be”.

The government will spend 217 million kroner on the Central Station renovations, with DSB paying a further 40 million kroner. 25 million kroner will be spent on Nørreport, taking the government outlay on the refurbishment of the stations to 242 million kroner.

The work will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in 2025.

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