The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail will get 28 stations on a 28 km stretch. It will go from Lundtofte in the north to Ishøj in the south, through nine Loop City municipalities surrounding Copenhagen: Lyngby-Taarbæk, Gladsaxe, Herlev, Albertslund, Rødovre, Glostrup, Brøndby, Vallensbæk and Ishøj. The municipalities of Hvidovre and Høje-Taastrup also take part in the cooperation, as well as the State and the Capital Region of Denmark.

A frequent operation with departures every 5 minutes in the daytime is making the light rail attractive as a public transport solution. The expectation is that the light rail will have 13-14 million passengers per year, which is more than the already operating coastal railway. Passenger numbers will increase up to 17-18 million as the area develops.

The light rail is one of the answers to the capital region's congestion. It will change the public transport structure in the capital with new well-serviced hubs, as it will be easier to travel across the capital area with public transport. The stations in Glostrup, Lyngby, Buddinge, Herlev, Vallensbæk and Ishøj will become new interchange stations for light rail, buses, regional and commuter trains. In 2023, the Greater Copenhagen area will have more than 50 new metro and light rail stations.

Urban development

It is expected that the light rail will contribute to a comprehensive urban development in the Loop City area surrounding Copenhagen. The municipalities want to develop the area along the light rail, and estimations are a population growth of 20,000-40,000 new residents and 10,000-20,000 new jobs around 2032. In addition, it is expected that the construction period creates direct and indirect jobs, representing approximately 7,000 FTEs, in addition to the approximately 250 permanent jobs related to the light rail operation.

Key figures


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Detailed map of the Light Rail line

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It will cost approximately DKK 4 billion (2013-prices) to construct the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail. An additional approximately DKK 1,3 billion will be required for train sets and the establishment of the control and maintenance centre.

Time schedule

The timeline for The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail is as follows:

2016: Adoption of the Construction Law (expected)

2016: Release of tender documents

2017: Owners approval and contract award

2018: Utility relocations (expected)

2018-19: Civil works begin (expected)

2023/24: Start operation


The deadline for prequalification of applicants was in November 2015. In 2016, the tender material will be published.

All current invitations to tender will be published on the official tender portal and the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail website

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