Metro City Circle Line
In the years up to 2018 Copenhagen's popular metro will be extended with a completely new city circle line covering 15.5 kilometres and adding 17 new stations.
The two new lines of the city circle line, M3 and M4, take the form of a giant ring laid across the present metro lines. Once in service passengers will be able to transfer between the city circle line and the "old" metro lines at the Kongens Nytorv and Frederiksberg stations. New metro stations will be built at busy hubs like Copenhagen's Central Station, Rådhuspladsen, Nørrebro Runddel and Trianglen in Østerbro.
Copenhagen's largest construction site
Copenhageners love their metro, and the circle line will undoubtedly make transport around the city more convenient. However, up until 2018 the construction of the circle line will entail a number of new construction sites in central locations around the city. Apart from excavations at the future metro stations work is carried out at several other sites to redirect utility supply lines and to establish emergency exits.
Furthermore, the construction of the city circle line has resulted in the largest ever archaeological excavation in Denmark, providing archaeologists from Denmark and abroad with the opportunity to map out new chapters of Copenhagen's history; one of the finds uncovered is traces of a harbour at Gl. Strand dated to about the 8th century. This means that Copenhagen is suddenly approx. 300 years older than previously believed.
Station architecture and new urban spaces
The design of the planned seventeen new stations will follow the same basic principles as the already existing stations, i.e. large, open spaces and easy access to and from platforms.
On the other hand no two stations will be alike. Wall coverings, platform floorings and fittings such as railings and escalators will be different in design and finish to make passing through the stations along the circle line a varied experience.
Even the urban spaces in front of the stations will have a character all their own, more closely aligned with their immediate surroundings. This is achieved, for instance, by designing different variants of the distinctive skylights.
The City of Copenhagen has produced a series of photo montages showing what the new urban spaces may look like once finished. Take a look at them here
Built by Italians
The total metro project in Copenhagen is divided into four phases, the city circle line being the fourth and last phase for the time being.
Italian Salini won the construction contract for the DKK 21.3b fourth phase. The delivery and punctual running of metro trains have been put in the hands of the Italian company Ansaldo, which was responsible for the same task in connection with the present metro.
Metroselskabet runs a comprehensive website with information about the extension of the metro.
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Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014