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Vinci wins £456m contract for world’s longest rail and road tunnel

by Sion Geschwindt
Vinci wins £456m contract for world's longest rail and road tunnel

Cobra IS, a subsidiary of French contractor Vinci, has landed a €535m (£456m) deal to equip and maintain M&E systems for the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link that is being built between Germany and Denmark.

The six-year long contract will focus on ventilation, lighting and safety, as well as the electromechanical systems for the five tubes of the tunnel, four of which are for road and rail and one for services.

A Vinci construction team also won the Fehmarn link’s main civil works design-and-build contract, which is creating the immersed segments of the tunnel.

When complete in 2029, the 18km immersed tunnel will run 40m below the Baltic between the Danish island of Lolland and the German island of Fehmarn.

The tunnel is estimated to cost €7bn (c.£5.95bn) and is billed as the world’s longest rail and road tunnel.

It will take seven minutes by train and 10 minutes by car to travel between the countries.

Enak Ferlemann, parliamentary state secretary at Germany’s transport ministry, spoke in an earlier address saying: “This is one of the largest and most important transport infrastructure projects in Europe in the current decade.

“It helps Europe grow closer together and promotes the development and exchange of business, science and tourism.”

Image credit: Schonherr/Vinci

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