Mobility and accessibility, regionally and internationally, are essential to both workers seeking jobs and businesses looking for new talent in the metropolitan region. Therefore, modern and efficient infrastructure is an essential precondition for Greater Copenhagen to build the foundation for the sustainable growth and development that we have in mind.
In 2017 the European Commission named Greater Copenhagen a model metropolis for collaboration across borders, and this is partly thanks to the improved integration of the labour market and economy that was kickstarted in 2000 by the completion of the Øresunds Bridge. However, the European Commission also pointed out that Greater Copenhagen can take a step further by expanding public transportation across borders, as a more efficient traffic infrastructure will strengthen the region’s reputation as an integrated and functional metropolis. Greater Copenhagen’s Board agrees.
Our aim is that, using public transport, it should take no longer than an hour to reach Copenhagen or Malmö, no matter where in the region you are travelling from. It should be just as natural for a person living in Halmstad to apply for jobs in Hillerød as it is for them to apply for jobs in Helsingborg. This vision will only materialise if the regional infrastructure across Øresund is meaningfully strengthened.
Our Traffic Charter primarily focuses on permanent Øresunds-connections over Øresund, between Helsingør and Helsingborg, and an Øresund metro between Copenhagen and Malmö. But it also identifies several other priorities for improving Danish-Swedish infrastructure. Each priority is essential to realising the dream of a fully integrated metropolis that serves as an international centre for sustainable growth and innovation.
The Traffic Charter encompasses both regional and cross-border infrastructure projects, because it is important not only to strengthen cross-border mobility but also to promote accessibility to cities from more rural areas.