No trains? Municipalities offer alternative options for commuters

by | Jul 30, 2018

Photo: Egedal Kommune

Borrow a free office space at the municipality and shake off your commute! This is now possible for citizens in the Egedal Municipality, which is affected by the closure of the Frederikssund railway line. Other municipalities are also helping the public to get where they need to be during the summer’s closures.

Borrow a free office space at the municipality and shake off your commute! This is now possible for citizens in the Egedal Municipality, which is affected by the closure of the Frederikssund railway line. Other municipalities are also helping the public to get where they need to be during the summer’s closures.

About 100,000 daily commuters will be affected by track work on the Øresund coastal line and Frederikssund railway over the summer and that is something the municipalities take very seriously. A large number of municipalities in Moving People have worked intensively to inform citizens about alternative transport options – and in the municipality of Egedal, citizens can now borrow a free office space so they do not require transport:

“We have chosen to provide office space for citizens during the closures. In this way, people can establish small working groups or have more time to work alone. Citizens have been incredibly positive about our offer, which has actually been made on the basis of a citizen’s proposal,” says Frederik Roed, Press Officer at Egedal Municipality.

“At the moment we have a small group from the Danish Enterprise Agency, which has chosen to work here for an extended period of time.”

Lending office space is becoming infectious – it is now also possible if you live in the municipality of Ballerup.

Municipalities provide information about alternative routes and possibilities

Ballerup and Egedal Municipality are not alone in providing alternative transport options during the railway closures. Frederikssund, Herlev, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Gentofte, Rudersdal, Hørsholm, Fredensborg and Helsingør municipalities are also making an extra effort to inform their citizens.

Many of the municipalities use their websites or local press to inform citizens about, for example:

  • Why and for how long the railways will be closed
  • Alternative routes between their local area and different destinations
  • Alternative routes by replacement bus, regular bus, bicycle and public transport, as well as links to information about, for example, super bike paths, intercity parking, etc.

 

For many of the municipalities, website information is followed up with updates via social media such as Facebook.

“On Facebook we have reminded citizens that the train is not running and that they can take replacement buses or regular buses with added advantages. We have also promoted the use of bicycles and the extension of the We Cycle to Work campaign. In general, we have used Facebook to update citizens with some good links that can make it easier for their everyday lives. We have received a very good response,” says Frederik Roed.

Extra effort is common sense

Regular traffic information on, for example, replacement buses for trains and additional Movia buses can be found at youroffentligetransport.dk. Within the Moving People project, Movia and the municipalities have collaborated with DSB and BaneDanmark on a joint public information campaign. These municipal efforts are over and above the things Movia, DSB and Rail Net Denmark already do – and for Egedal Municipality the motivation is obvious:

“We can see that it is not the municipality that closes the courses, but DSB and BaneDanmark. The reality, however, is that we as a municipality take care of the things that affect citizens. 80 percent of Egedal citizens commute in and out of the municipality every day. It is good citizen service and strategic communication to inform them about how their daily lives will be affected and offer good ideas for ​​how they can get to work. In this way, the track work has contributed to good branding for the municipality,” concludes Frederik Roed.

Read more about the extension of We Cycle to Work in Danish here.

Read more about track work and alternative travel routes in Danish at DOT – dinoffentligetransport.dk