Europe's longest bridge
The Storstrøm Bridge was the result of the Danish State Railways' mission to get more traffic across the Baltic Sea via the Gedser-Warnemünde ferry route. The Masnedø-Falster ferry service was a bottleneck until a construction act was passed in 1931. Together…
Bridge for jobs
The Storstrøm Bridge was an old dream for the Danish State Railways who wanted a rapid link via the Gedser-Warnemünde ferry to the rest of Europe. In the 1930s, there was active lobbying in Danish industrial circles for a direct line from Germany up into Scandinavia. In times of crisis, a large-scale bridge construction project created many jobs. But the construction act also provided for other factors. The people of Jutland were compensated with a combined bridge across Odde Sound. In deference to the vital British export market, a British steel company was contracted to supply the steel superstructure. But the Minister for Transport was also mindful to appeal to the Danish national pride: with a length of 3,211 metres, it was to be Europe's longest bridge and Denmark was to be the European champion in bridge building.
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