The Oresund Bridge

 

The Øresund Bridge also known as Øresundsbron is the bridge that connects Amager and Oresund, Denmark to Skane, Sweden. It is over 10 miles long and the longest cable suspended bridge and cable tube tunnel in the world for both road and rail traffic.

Around 60,000 local commuters and travelers pass through the bridge daily and its 4 lane road accommodates 6 million vehicles yearly, while its 2 train tracks carries around 8 million passengers a year. It is the fastest connection between Sweden and Denmark without flying.

They began building the Øresundsbron in 1991, with the collaboration of both the Danish and Swedish government. It was such a massive project that it took nearly ten years before it was officially opened in July 1, 2001. Constructing it entailed building a bridge, a 2.5 mile long tunnel and a new island where travelers can go from tunnel level to the bridge level. 

Travelers who use the bridge can choose among different toll options such as single toll passes (36 EUR for cars and 71 for vans or larger vehicles) or the annual bridge pass (BroPas 260 EUR for cars) which entitles a discounted ten trip pass aimed at commuters to name a few. There are even business packages that employers or companies can avail of for their employees.

 

The toll fees are paid in the Swedish side. They accept cash and credit cards. Since both countries are part of the European Union (EU), there is no need for border control. Visit http://uk.oresundsbron.com/ for more information including driving conditions and web telecasts.

 

Image from  Håkan Dahlström 

 

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