Trams gain traction in Aarhus (Denmark)

By News Editor / Updated: 18 May 2017
Aarhus Train station

A new tram system in Aarhus has achieved an impressive feat: it will increase mobility and cut down on emissions.

The first stage of the light rail project will be a new 12 kilometre line, named the "Urban Line". This will commence at Aarhus central station and pass through key locations in the city before connecting to an existing line that is being converted for light rail operation. 17 new stops will added, while park and ride facilities near existing stops have been refurbished already.

The project's feasibility study was funded by ELENA, a joint initiative from the European Investment Bank and European Commission. " Similarly to most cities, Aarhus is struggling with congestion, space and pollution. So it had to improve mobility,” said Claus Klitholm, an urban mobility expert working for ELENA. He estimates that the project will help Aarhus save over 40 million euros.

Once the new service is operational, it is expected to carry 39,000 passengers daily at speeds of up to 100km per hour. It is also expected to contribute 47GW of annual energy savings and avoid 7,300 tonnes of CO² emissions each year. Being powered by electricity, the system helps to reduce energy consumption, noise, and air pollution.

In the longer term, the light rail system will make a substantial contribution to Aarhus’s ambition to become CO2 neutral by 2030.

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Image copyright: Trains @ Panorama (image on Flickr) by Thomas Sørensen (under CC BY-ND 2.0).

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