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A number of major engineering and construction works for The New Line Copenhagen-Ringsted will be put out to tender in 2013. Bridges, tunnels, pedestrian and bicycle underpasses and underpasses for wildlife will be built, and embankments and cuttings will be excavated along the line.

The maps below show the locations along the line that are subject to invitations to tender. Clicking on the tender package (TP) numbers further down the page takes you to an overview of the scope of the construction work and the precise location of the stretch.

The future invitations to tender are divided into three categories corresponding to the sections of the line (Urban Section, North and South Sections and West Section): structures and earthworks, structures, earthworks and preparatory/concluding works. The invitations to tender will be published on the Banedanmark website and on the official EU website TED.

The railway engineering works with track foundations, rails, overhead contact lines etc. will be put out to tender at a later date.

Overview of tender packages in the Urban Section

TP3 TP2 TP4

Overview of tender packages in the North and South Sections

TP40 TP41 TP30 TP21 TP20 TP10 TP45 TP49B

Overview of tender packages in the West Section

TP50

 

Competition for DKK 4 billion civil engineering works in progress
Banedanmark has embarked upon the largest land-based civil engineering works in Denmark since Vestvolden was built in the years between 1888 and 1892. Along the 60-kilometre stretch of The New Line, earthworks must be dug and bridges and tunnels built for approximately DKK 4 billion. This will later be followed by invitations to tender for the railway engineering works for Denmark’s first high-speed line, which will open to traffic in 2018 and will cost DKK 10.4 billion.

The first engineering tenders are part of the Danish Government’s objective of the accelerated implementation of new investment in 2012-13. Project director Jan Schneider-Tilli, Banedanmark, looks forward to seeing the contractors’ proposals, “It is up to the contractors to find their own ways of performing the assignments. We have given free range to creativity and hope the turnkey contractors will make every effort to prove their abilities. Our aim is to be best-in-class at a European scale”.

Considerable increase in capacity
“The New Line Copenhagen-Ringsted is necessary for the expansion of public transport. In fact, The New Line will considerably increase capacity, so more trains can use the line, and is the first stage of the political ‘Hour Model´, which is intended to reduce journey times to one hour between the cities of Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg,” says Jan Schneider-Tilli.

The New Line will remove bottlenecks between Copenhagen and Roskilde and is crucial for commuter traffic on the island of Zealand to and from Copenhagen. It will ensure passenger transport between various parts of the country, as well as international passenger and freight transport. “We go for national as international competition, and it shall be interesting to see what the contractors have to offer," says Jan Schneider-Tilli.

 (Edited October 31, 2012)

European standards for the Danish high speed line
The New Line Copenhagen-Ringsted will be Denmark’s first high speed rail line. However, not all Danish standards and norms for railway construction comply with requirements for operation at a maximum of 250 kph, and therefore much work must be done on harmonising standards in order to adapt them to the European standards for high speed rail lines, TSI.

Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) were adopted in 2002 for the European rail network. TSI establishes standards for infrastructure, energy, trains, remote control, signals, maintenance and operation.

Usable in Denmark
Jette Aagaard, technical director for The New Line Copenhagen-Ringsted, is confident that the standards applied in our neighbouring countries will also be adequate for application to the line between Copenhagen and Ringsted.

“High speed rail connections have been built in Europe for more than 30 years. Trains in France have set a world record speed of 574 kph. Therefore I have complete confidence that the compulsory European standards for high speed operation are completely applicable in Denmark,” says Jette Aagaard.

The new rail line is being built for speeds of up to 250 kph on certain stretches. At some places the highest speed will be lower because of e.g. sharp curves. The speeds of trains entering and leaving Copenhagen will also be lower. In other words, the line is being built and approved as a conventional railway line with options for higher speeds where it has been constructed as a high-speed line.

(Edited October 31, 2012)

Our goal: no serious occupational accidents during the construction work
When The New Line Copenhagen-Ringsted opens in 2018, there will have been no serious occupational accidents during the construction work. This is the clear objective for the DKK 10.4 billion works. This objective will be achieved through dialogue and collaboration with the contractors.

The New Line's working environment manager, Albert Dam, says the objective is ambitious. “Achieving this objective makes great demands on Banedanmark as the client, and on the contractors. On the other hand, we are organising the invitation to tender and contracts so as to accommodate the objective as well as possible,” says Albert Dam.

Contractors know the requirements
“Before entering agreements with contractors, they will be in no doubt at all as to what is expected in terms of the environment and health and safety at the worksites. As client, we will set a series of mandatory requirements, and we will make sure that they are complied with,” says Albert Dam. The requirements include onsite health and safety meetings every 14 days, attended by Banedanmark and representatives of employers and employees from all the companies working at the construction site.

“We will enhance the value of the health and safety meetings by requiring inspection rounds prior to each meeting. These rounds are not a statutory requirement, but they are an effective means of ensuring that contractors are doing what they have signed up to do,” says Albert Dam.

No to rewards
Albert Dam is not a supporter of rewarding employers or employees for a good, safe and secure working environment. “Some employers claim that there are extra costs associated with complying with the Working Environment Act. There need not be, and of course the law must be followed. Therefore, by signing the contract they have already been paid for complying with the rules.
With deficient planning and training, piece work payment can lead to unnecessary physical strain and an increased risk of occupational accidents. The rate of progress must be matched to the surroundings, and similarly the use of technical auxiliaries must be adapted to each individual employee, so that the work can be performed in a completely responsible manner in terms of health and safety.”

Common sense, dialogue and cooperation are all essential to achieving the objective.
“People must be able to arrive home safe and sound, though perhaps a little tired, after a day without injuries. This is the best thing for everybody,” says Albert Dam, who has 20 years’ experience in the working environment field, including six years as inspector with the Danish Working Environment Authority. He also holds a master’s degree in technical environmental management. “You could also say that we help contractors by making some good tools available to them, including our overall health and safety plan.”

Near accidents are important
The recording of near accidents will be an important aspect. In Albert Dam’s experience, there are 25 to 30 near accidents for every occupational accident. “Recording near accidents is a way of taking the health and safety temperature of a worksite. Each near accident recorded is a sign that something needs to be corrected before an accident actually happens.

“Poor access conditions are the most common cause of accidents on construction sites. For example, overly short ladders, lack of stairways and the incorrect planning of access routes. Failing to clear up is cause number two. Many accidents involve people tripping over planks, hoses or waste. Heavy lifting is also a focus area.”

Eastern and Southern European challenge
One special challenge may involve contractors and employees from countries far away from Denmark. “The working environment is also a question of culture, and in this area we in Denmark have made great progress. The Tarzans who think that safety equipment is for sissies have basically all gone. Unfortunately, I have seen many workplaces employing, for example, eastern and southern European labour that are in a terrible mess. The working environment is a particular challenge for those contractors who employ workforces with a different safety culture,” says Albert Dam.

(Edited October 31, 2012)

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