A new depot for Danish State Railways’ (DSB) new electric train fleet will open in 2024 after the award of a DKr 641m ($US 102.36m) contract to MT Højgaard Denmark.

The company will build a 11,500m2 workshop and a technical facility at Godsbanegården in Copenhagen. There will also be a wheel-turning facility, administration buildings for DSB staff and associated track facilities.

The first ground turning will take place in January 2022, and the workshop will be ready for use in spring 2024.

The new workshop is viewed as an important part of the electrification of the Danish railway. DSB has ordered up to 150 five-car 200km/h EMUs from Alstom in a deal worth more than DKr 20bn. These will be delivered from 2024 until 2029 and will enable the removal from service of DSB’s diesel IC3 and IC4 trains.

“This is just one of many steps towards the goal of making DSB CO2-neutral by 2030,” says Mr Flemming Jensen, DSB CEO.