Quiet opening for Copenhagen M4
On 28 March trains started running on the new Copenhagen line M4, the fourth line of the city’s fully automated metro network. With two new stations, the new line connects Nordhavn (an old industrial area under new development) to the rest of the Metro System in Copenhagen, sharing part of the route with the line M3 – Cityringen.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak in Denmark, all the celebrations in connections with the opening of the M4 line and the two stations – Nordhavn and Orientkaj – were cancelled. Despite a tight schedule, Metroselskabet (the transport authority) and Metro Service (the operator) successfully managed to meet all required deadlines.
With eight stops from the Copenhagen Central Station to Orientkaj in Nordhavn, the M4 doubles the number of departures across the city centre.
The Copenhagen Metro now operates four automated metro lines and with the opening of M4 covers 39.5 km, has 39 stations and is expected to carry more than 120 million passengers each year. A further extension of M4 with five additional stations has already started and is expected to open in 2024.
All the Copenhagen Metro lines are operated and maintained by Metro Service A/S, a privately held company and joint venture between ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) and Hitachi Rail STS. The latter company has also supplied trains and systems for the entire Copenhagen Metro.
Source: Metroselkabet I/S and Metro Service A/S
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