”This is not a surprise for those who have followed the advance of the project,” states Reinhard Meyer, who announces that the German approval process of the construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel will keep on until 2019.
Construction expected to start in 2015
Nevertheless, this is no doubt news for the hundreds of companies and organisations that expected the launch of construction to be right around the corner. Schleswig-Holstein’s minister has been among those who supported this belief. His ministry stated on 18 October 2013 that the construction would begin in 2015.
However, it was clear on Friday 2 October that the wait for a fixed link will be prolonged with some years. Reinhard Meyer presented the new plan at a press conference in the Danish Ministry of Transport, which also involved the Danish Minister for Transport Hans Christian Schmidt.
Risk of retrial
Meyer stated at the press conference that the German environmental assessment would be completed at 2017, after which the approval will be presented before the court. Because of this, the ratification process would probably first be finalised with a judicial decision in 2019. According to the minister, there is also a possibility that the court’s decision will be sent back to a retrial.