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New metro line M3 will be closed for two weeks

Already a very popular metro line, with a million passengers a week, they will have to take a bus as the line closes in order to enable test runs of the fourth metro, M4.

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By Bente D. Knudsen  Picture: Sehrish Haq

Bad news for the many passengers on Copenhagen’s new popular metro line the city ring, also known as M3.

The metro company’s CEO, Henrik Plougmann Olsen, does realise that the closing of the line for two weeks from the 12 to 26 January 2020 is bad news for its many passengers.

“We are sorry to disappoint the many passengers on the M3 line, however, there were really no good alternative options in order to do the necessary test runs on the new metro line to Nordhavn, the M4,” he explains in a press release.

The metro lines M3 and M4 (one stretch of the M4 is to open in the spring of 2020) will be running on one mutual steering system, with common trains and tracks on the stretch Østerport, Marmorkirken, Kongens Nytorv, Gammel Strand, Rådhuspladsen and Copenhagen Main Station.

Doing tests while letting the traffic run as normal on the M3 is too complicated, the metro company says, which is why the M3 line must be closed completely.

The alternative to closing completely for two weeks would be to test during the evening and night for six weeks, maybe even affecting the early morning rush hour traffic.

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Instead metro busses will complement the regular city bus lines.

The metrobuses will stop the same stations as the M3 line and will run with a four-minute interval on the busiest stretches and during rush hour.

The metro busses will NOT stop at Nørrebro station, Skjolds Plads and Aksel Møllers Have. At Nørrebro station the passengers are referred to the S-trains and the regular buses.

The M4 metro line is scheduled to open sometime in the spring of 2020 on the stretch running to Nordhavn, however, the full line will not open until 2024.

The M4 metro line will run from the two new stations Orientkaj and Nordhavn to Østerport, Marmorkirken, Kongens Nytorv, Gammel Strand, Rådhuspladsen to Copenhagen Main Station.

From 2024 the line will continue to Sydhavnen, adding another five stations and thus completing the building of Copenhagen City’s four metro lines.

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