Transport network: Mega-projects in the works

It’s astonishing that in a city that loves its engineering, the last metro to serve Copenhagen still exists, a lone old train sealed off in the heart of one of the world’s most laid-back…

Transport network: Mega-projects in the works

It’s astonishing that in a city that loves its engineering, the last metro to serve Copenhagen still exists, a lone old train sealed off in the heart of one of the world’s most laid-back cities. The Nationale Hygge Copenhagen metro has been a welcome alternative. Bright and early, it gave commuters a better way to get to work this week and, bien sûr, the rest of the world is about to discover what Copenhagen has always known – that the best architecture involves an environment that is passive and warm, peaceful and inviting.

Now we hear it’s on to the next dream-come-true. When the mayor of Stockholm announced a metro dedicated entirely to public transport, the welcoming letters of praise were nearly as good as the finished article. London’s population is no small landmark, but Copenhagen’s? The 181-year-old City bus needs to be restored so it can rival this as one of the world’s great public transport machines.

• This article was amended on 13 May 2010. The original said Copenhagen was no small landmark. This has been corrected.

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