Rail connection of the Fehmarbelt link

  • Rail connection of the Fehmarbelt link
    Diesel locomotive on Fehmarn
  • Rail connection of the Fehmarbelt link
    In the course of the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt
  • Rail connection of the Fehmarbelt link
    Bridge Fehmarnund

Rail connection of the Fehmarbelt link

The crossover across the Fehmarn Belt is only 19 kilometres long and is the shortest connection across the Baltic Sea between Central Europe and Scandinavia. This traditional trade route via the so-called Vogelfluglinie will now become a fixed link between Denmark and Germany with a sunken tunnel. This is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe with effects far beyond the borders of both countries. The link is one of the most important projects for the development of the north-south axis of the trans-European transport network, which extends from Finland to Sicily. In September 2008, the Kingdom of Denmark and the Federal Republic of Germany agreed in an international contract to build a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt. Denmark is building a immersed tunnel through the Baltic Sea and the link on the Danish side. Germany has committed itself to providing an efficient road and rail link on the German side. For DB Netz AG, the project consists of the rail link between Lübeck and Puttgarden and the Fehmarnsund crossing.

Facts and figures

According to the current state of planning, the expansion of the 88-kilometre route includes:

  • 26 km noise protection walls
  • 64 bridges
  • 7 stops
  • 6,5 Mio. m³ earthmoving
  • 5 motorway connections
  • 160 km tracks
  • 55 km new construction
  • 30 km extension of existing road
  • 172 km catenary

Further information: Anbindung Fehmarnbelt


Marzi Strutzke
Marzi Strutzke
Project Manager; Business Development Manager EMEA
phone: +49 (931) 35503-776

Successful project management in the major project 'link Fehmarbelt' with EPLASS

EPLASS is already supporting the project in the early design and approval planning phase and through our objection management in the upcoming planning approval procedure.

All planning approval sections of the project have defined their own tailor-made workflows for their inspection processes, which were subsequently implemented in EPLASS. From now on these workflows control the highly complex inspection processes fully automatically. Via the DOWEBA interface to the Federal Railway Authority included in EPLASS, drawing documents are now transferred to the EBA with a qualified digital signature.

In the approval planning EPLASS shows once again that even the most complex customer workflows can be automated and thus made controllable. All parties involved are involved in the checking of the documents in time and completely. Parallel checks of different specialist areas shorten the checking period. In connection with the integrated redlining functions of EPLASS, the revision effort of the designers involved is subsequently reduced. It is precisely this unique selling point which is a decisive point for process optimisation in the drawing inspection.

For the final release for application to the EBA, the digital signature was integrated via a signpad. The activation or request for signature is also fully automated via the EPLASS workflow.

"EPLASS is a very reliable partner for us, which makes it easier for us to solve many tasks in the daily project routine. Thus, drawing management is not an additional task for our project engineers, but a central tool that you do not want to miss in your daily work."
Bernd Homfeldt (major project rail link Fehmarbelt crossing, project manager)