Leipzig (dpa) – The Federal Administrative Court has rejected six lawsuits against the planned construction of the Baltic Sea tunnel between Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland. This means that the controversial multi-billion dollar project can also be built on the German side.
The decision to approve the plan had resisted review, Chief Justice Wolfgang Bier said Tuesday, giving reasons for the ruling in Leipzig.
Conservationists and various ferry companies, among others, had sued the billion-dollar project promoted by Denmark (Ref .: BVerwG 9 A 7.19 et al.). Opponents protested against the tunnel’s construction on Tuesday before the verdict was announced in Leipzig.
The judges tried various lawsuits in September and October. Opponents doubted the traffic forecasts for the car and train tunnels and complained that environmental impacts, for example on porpoises and reefs, had not been properly assessed.
The 18 kilometer long submerged tunnel for cars, trucks and trains is one of the largest transport projects in Europe. Based on previous planning, the tunnel should probably connect Puttgarden in Fehmarn and Rødby in Lolland by 2029.
Denmark will plan, build and operate it at its own cost of approximately € 7.1 billion. The construction time will be a total of six and a half years. Construction law has existed in Denmark since 2015.
Germany has to pay the costs of the road and rail connections on the Schleswig-Holstein side in the amount of 3.5 billion euros. This includes a risk cushion of 1.1 billion euros. However, the current procedure only concerns the German section of the Baltic Sea tunnel. The connection to the interior of Germany is subject to an independent approval process. Several municipalities demand better protection against noise.