Last night I attended a talk by Social Democratic Member of Parliament Rasmus Prehn about the Aalborg Light Rail Transport (LRT) project. The International Committee of the DSU Aalborg (Social Democratic Youths) organized the event and invited Prehn to come and give a talk in English to an audience of Aalborg residents from various countries. About 50-60 people showed up to hear him speak and ask questions about the project.
Here is a notice posted by the DSU Aalborg’s International Committee on Facebook. All are welcome. The discussion will be in English. The event is free of charge. For some background on the project, read my previous post about it here. For more information about the event click here.
DSU (Social Democratic Youths) Aalborg’s International Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to a discussion tomorrow, 25 February at Kastetvej 24 (DSU Aalborg’s home, near the Sprogskole) at 19:00 with Rasmus Prehn (Social Democratic member of Folketinget – Danish Parliament) about the future development of Aalborg and the multiple implications the light rail project will have for the city and its residents.
The project is expected to be completed in 2021 and the light rail line will stretch across the city from east to west, providing easy, fast transportation between the main social and service institutions of the city, such as the new Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg University, Gigantium, Musikkens Hus, and Nordkraft as well as connecting the thousands of new students and residents who will be living in the vicinity of the network.
2) Presentation of the project by Rasmus Prehn
3) Q&A session and debate
4) Closing, networking
Hot and cold beverages as well as light snacks will be provided to all participants. We are looking forward meeting you all! 🙂
UPDATE: An information center set up to provide information and answer questions about the light rail system will be open from 20 June to 9 September, 2015 in the Nordea building at Budolfi Plads. The exhibition opens in connection with the recently published EIA report and the public hearing phase of the project. At the exhibition you can find answers to questions such as where the light rail will run and what the light rail will mean for Aalborg and its citizens. The exhibition will be staffed during business hours by information officers who will respond to questions about the project. Opening times each week are: Monday – Friday from 15:00 to 17:30 and Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00. Read the press release about it (in Danish) here.
[Original post}: At a public meeting last Thursday, 10 April, 2014 Aalborg’s Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen presented to 130 city residents plans for a new light rail or bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will be built to cross the city, from the new university hospital in the east (currently under construction) to Mølholm in the west. Along with Regional Council Chairman Ulla Astman and city architect Peder Baltzer Nielsen, the mayor fielded questions and comments following a presentation made by Nielsen.
Aalborg Light Rail/BRT, as the project is being called, is a joint effort by Aalborg Kommune, Region Norjylland, and Norjylland Transport; funding and support are also being provided by the Danish government. The project is currently in the beginning planning stage. In 2014 and 2015 the city will carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which will be followed by funding and decisions on which type of system, design and construction, expected to be completed by 2018. Construction will take place after that and the system is expected to be up and running in 2021, one year after the hospital opens.