Light rail offers new ways of accessing and moving about DTUIllustration of the light rail at DTU. Photo: Hovedstadens Letbane.
DTU's Lyngby Campus is undergoing major transformations to promote sustainable transportation and enhance the campus environment. The construction activities, including road blocks and excavations, are primarily aimed at accommodating the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail, which will have three stops at DTU.
The light rail project involves the installation of concrete slabs for the tracks and the installation of power masts. The light rail is expected to begin operations between Ishøj and Lundtofte by the end of 2025. The light rail will provide improved accessibility to urban areas along Ring 3 and offer new opportunities for development in the vicinity of the light rail stops, including DTU Lyngby Campus.
The introduction of the light rail is a significant milestone for DTU, aligning with their sustainable mobility strategy and encouraging more people to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, biking, and the light rail instead of cars. The campus aims to create an inspiring and inviting environment that promotes active transportation and movement.
The light rail will enhance the public transport system by connecting different train lines in the metropolitan area. It will operate on separate tracks, avoiding congestion and providing frequent service without fixed timetables. The project aims to unite the local area and make commuting easier and faster, benefiting both employees and local businesses around DTU.
To support the light rail and encourage sustainable transportation, DTU is developing a network of pedestrian and cycling paths connected to the light rail stops. A dedicated bicycle street prioritizing cyclists is being established, and smaller crossroads will be created to facilitate pedestrian and cyclist movement. The campus will feature amenities such as street food stands, art installations, running paths, benches, and green areas to create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.
DTU's efforts reflect a shift from a car-dominated campus to a more inclusive and environmentally friendly space. The focus is on promoting cycling and walking, reducing car traffic, and fostering a sense of community and interaction on campus. The campus design incorporates green spaces, diversity, and wildlife-friendly elements, creating an appealing and sustainable environment for students, staff, and visitors.