FAQ for journalists

The Øresund Bridge receives many questions from the media and the communications department is happy to provide answers. Here we have put together a number of the most frequently asked questions with reference to the weather, wind or accidents on the bridge.

When does the Øresund Bridge close?
The Øresund Bridge must be open and accessible around the clock. In some cases, the connection is forced to close for safety reasons. It’s often due to weather and wind or accidents on the motorway.

How often does the Øresund Bridge close?
The traffic safety and accessibility of the Øresund Bridge is very high and is always a priority. However, weather-related closures and accidents cannot be avoided, but availability is often at 99,9 percent each year. The accessibility is reported every year in the annual report.

At what wind speed does the Øresund Bridge have to close?
In strong winds, wind-sensitive vehicles are warned against crossing the bridge. Should the wind deteriorate, it may be necessary to close the bridge for safety reasons. How strong the wind has to be is based on several factors, including wind direction. Wind that blows alongside the bridge is not significant as wind from the side. Generally speaking, the motorway has to be closed when the wind reaches 25 m/s and the railway with winds of 27 m/s.

Why does the Øresund Bridge lack information about the train traffic?
Ultimately, it is the train operators who run the train traffic. Inquiries about the train traffic are therefore referred to the train operators’ press department.

When will the Øresund bridge reopen?
The bridge will open as soon as possible once safety is restored. In the case of wind, the bridge opens when a certain wind speed is maintained for a certain period of time (usually 23 m/s for 10 minutes). When the bridge closes due to an accident, the emergency services must finish their work before the bridge can open again. This may involve clean-up operations to deal with oil spillages.

Does the bridge close due to slippery roads?
The Øresund Bridge has its own snow removal and salting trucks, which enables us to quickly salt and clear snow when the need arises. Closure of the bridge is therefore very rare due to that reason.

Why are both lanes closed in the event of a car accident?
The emergency services may need to have access to both carriageways in order to carry out their work and secure access roads for the Swedish and Danish emergency services.

What happens in the event of falling ice?
In rare occasions, ice can form on the cables in winter. When the temperature subsequently starts to rise, the ice can fall down. This poses a risk to drivers, and it may be necessary to close the motorway until the ice has fallen on its own. We inspect the amount of ice manually and reopen the bridge as soon as there is no risk of falling ice.

Why can’t you just go up and knock the ice down?
In terms of resources, it is not possible to have the technical equipment that is needed and to have it constantly available for the few occasions a year. Are you planning any closures?
Four times a year, the Øresund Bridge switches to two-way traffic in one of the two tunnel tubes, so we can carry out maintenance work in the other. During the next night, the same work is carried out in the other tunnel tube. In connection with car traffic being changed to two-way traffic, the motorway will be closed for a short period. We always inform the media about this in advance.

Why is there water in the tunnel?
Especially in winter, minor water leaks occur in the tunnel. It is harmless and completely normal. The tunnels consist of concrete elements. Concrete expands in hot conditions and contracts in cold conditions. The elements are therefore joined with a softer material which enables the concrete to move. It happens that small amount of water seep through the joints. This is what the tunnel was built to handle.

Are you allowed to film the bridge with drones?
It's not permitted to fly drones above the roadway on the bridge or above the toll booth. Special rules also apply for drone usage near the airport. The rules for filming and photography with drones are generally different between Sweden and Denmark.

Read more about what applies to filming and photography here.