Greater Copenhagen Light Rail

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Greater Copenhagen Light Rail[3] (Danish: Hovedstadens Letbane) is a planned electric light rail system in the Greater Copenhagen, Denmark. Its first stage is known as the Ring 3 Light Rail and went under construction in 2018. It will go from Lundtofte Park north of Copenhagen to Ishøj station in the southwest, and it is expected to open in 2025[4], with an annual ridership of 13-14 million projected.[5] The line will be owned by the Ringby-Letbanesamarbejdet (Ring city-Light rail cooperation), which is a collaboration between the municipalities serviced or affected by the line.

Hovedstadens Letbane
Hovedstadens Letbane.svg
LocaleMetropolitan Copenhagen
Transit typeLight rail
Number of lines1 (in development)
Number of stations27
Operation will start2025[1]
Train length35 m (114 ft 10 in)
System length27
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Overhead lines
Average speed30 km/h (19 mph)
Top speed70 km/h (43 mph)[2]
Bus from line 300S at Nordre Ringvej. The light rail will replace virtually the entire line.


The 'finger-plan' of Copenhagen. The new light rail will connect most of the 'fingers'.

Currently the rapid transit network of greater Copenhagen consists of a metro line serving the city centre, south-eastern suburbs and one western suburb, and a well-developed S-train network consisting of radial lines and one inner ring line relatively close to the city centre. Further from the city centre, transport between the radials consists of bus lines. Since the suburbs along the radials are expected to grow, a better quality public transport solution between them will be needed.[2] Furthermore, some high passenger volume destinations such as the Technical University and two hospitals are not yet directly accessible through rapid transit.


Trains will depart every 5 minutes from both terminals[2] The trip between the terminals will be completed in 55 minutes.[6]


In total the line will have 29 stations, six of which will have a connection to the S-train network.[2]

Station Travelling time
Lundtofte 0
Rævehøjvej 1
Anker Engelunds Vej 3
Akademivej 5
Fortunbyen 7
Lyngby Centrum (Nærum Line) 10
Lyngby station   11
Gammelmosevej 15
Buddinge station   17
Gladsaxe Rådhus (Town Hall) 18
Gladsaxevej 20
Gladsaxe Trafikplads 21
Dynamovej 23
Herlev Hospital 25
Herlev Bymidte (Centre) 27
Herlev station   28
Herlev Syd (South) 30
Rødovre Nord (North) 31
Glostrup Ejby 33
Glostrup Nord (North) 36
Glostrup Hospital 38
Glostrup station   43
Kirkebjerg 46
Brøndbyvester 48
Delta Park 51
Vallensbæk station   52
Strandhaven 54
Ishøj Strand (Beach) 55
Ishøj station   58

Source: [7]

Financing and ownershipEdit

The line will be owned through the Ringby-Light rail cooperation by the Ministry of Transport, Capital Region of Denmark and the municipalities of Lyngby-Taarbæk, Gladsaxe, Herlev Municipality, Albertslund, Rødovre, Glostrup, Brøndby, Hvidovre, Vallensbæk, Ishøj and Høje-Taastrup. The Danish state's will contribute 40% to the construction, the municipalities 34% and the Capital Region of Denmark will contribute 26%.[2]

Further expansionsEdit

Several expansion stages are proposed, including a branch from Park Allé via Brøndby Stadium and Brøndby Strand station to Avedøre Holme. This can also be extended to Copenhagen Airport. Likewise, a northern extension to Kokkedal Station is proposed. This, together with an HH-connection may be a small part of a future ring around the Øresund with rail traffic.

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  2. ^ a b c d e "L for Letbane". Hovedstadens Letbane. November 5, 2015.
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  6. ^ "Ring 3 Light Rail, Copenhagen, Denmark".
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