News from Copenhagen

Copenhagen Metro now runs from airport

A new stretch of the Copenhagen Metro has opened. The new addition runs to and from Copenhagen airport to city centre and is a boon to tourists, business travellers and Copenhageners, making it possible to travel from the airport to the city centre in just 15 minutes.Travel between the airport and Copenhagen city centre in just 15 minutes!
After years of preparation, the new stretch of the Copenhagen Metro to and from Kastrup Airport has opened, making it easier and faster for tourists as well as locals to travel to and from the airport. The Copenhagen Metro is the most modern in the world, and the new extension has been integrated into overall Metro operations without any negative effect on reliability, which in the first six months of 2007 was 98,5 percent.

The new stretch

The new stretch is 4,5 kilometre long and runs from Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, to Lergravsparken along the eastern shoreline of Amager, stopping at the new four-kilometre-long beach Amager Strandpark. The line extends through the centre of Copenhagen to Frederiksberg and Vanløse.

Facts on the Copenhagen Metro

Regardless of where you are staying, the beach, shopping, open countryside and links to foreign countries are just a short Metro ride away. Weighing 52 tons and measuring 39 metres by 2,65 metres, a Copenhagen Metro train is a lightweight compared to the traditional Metro trains used in other cities. It is these physical dimensions, the driverless system and the electronic monitoring and safety systems that give the Metro the unprecedented flexibility suited to the needs of a rapidly developing city. Each train can hold 300 passengers. And with a frequency of 100 seconds at peak times, you can get from A to B with great regularity.
Source: Press information from Wonderful Copenhagen

Copenhagen moves toward the light

The Copenhagen city council will seek to change the city’s reputation as a dark city in a unique Danish way.
In New York and London at night, the bright lights of are as much a part of their identities as the darkness of Copenhagen’s narrow streets in the evening. But many residents and tourists want to shed a little light on the picture. So the city’s technical and environmental department has begun an initiative called ‘Night in the City Light’. The purpose is to determine the best way to light up the city without taking away its charm. The issue has been put up for an public hearing until November, encouraging input from lighting experts and architects to help find a way to actively highlight the city - not only from a practical standpoint, but also in a creative, attractive manner.
"Copenhagen shouldn’t be flooded in light like many other European cities," the city’s technical and environmental mayor, Claus Bondam, told the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. "We have to leave room for the possibility of a quiet evening stroll while watching the stars." Light engineer Allen Ruberg said the city’s current lighting system is downward-oriented. That makes it difficult to create a living atmosphere for the many people using the outdoors as a place for meeting and activity. "If we can move the lighting towards buildings and trees, the open space will seem larger and create a more inviting atmosphere" said Ruberg.