Denmark’s second light rail line will open for operations by the end of 2020 and the contract with Keolis subsidiary Keolis Odense Letbane is expected to be signed before Christmas.

The line will connect Tarup in the north of the city to Hjallese in the south, serving 26 stations and offering a journey time of 42 minutes. Odense Letbane selected Stadler Pankow to supply 14 Variobahn low-floor LRVs, which will have capacity for 210 people and are expected to carry 12 million passengers per year, in March 2017. Comsa is providing railway systems encompassing track, electrification, telecommunications, Scada, signalling, a control and maintenance centre, and stations.

“We are pleased to be involved in the opening of Denmark’s second light rail network, which

will make the city of Odense an even more attractive place to live and work,” says Mr Bernard Tabary, CEO of Keolis International. “Our global expertise in developing networks from ‘greenfield’ sites proved relevant and important in this bid.”