The Copenhagen Metro Team (CMT) has completed a segment of the tunnelling programme beneath Copenhagen Central Station (Copenhagen H) in Denmark, marking an important milestone in the Cityringen metro project.
The breakthrough of tunnel boring machines Eva and Minerva into the station box will link the rail network and the new metro line located approximately 30m underneath the station.
Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen said: "The Copenhagen H station is the large traffic centre which connects the capital to the rest of Denmark.
"The future metro station will therefore not only benefit the residents of Copenhagen but also all those who use Copenhagen H as an entry to the city or who are going away from the capital and around in Denmark."
The kr21.3bn ($3.23bn) Cityringen project will see the construction of two 17.4km tunnels and 17 new stations, forming a new circular line in the city centre.
After completion in 2019, the fully automated driverless metro system will operate 24h a day, with a minimum frequency of 100s, serving approximately 130 million metro passengers a year.
The civil works of the project are being carried out by the CMT consortium consisting of Salini-Impreglio, Seli and Tecnimont.
In November 2013, Intertek secured a contract from Copenhagen Metro Team to design, manufacture, install and commission a corrosion and stray-current corrosion monitoring system for Cityringen extension project.
Ansaldo STS is responsible for the delivery of trains and control system along with the first five years of operation.
Image: The tunnel boring machines Eva and Minerva broke through Copenhagen H Station marking a significant milestone in the Cityringen metro project. Photo: courtesy of Salini Impregilo.