Cut and cover tunnels


Stephen Whitham

Stephen Whitham

Global Division Unit Manager, Tunnels
T: +45 51615202
Richard Miller. Ramboll

Richard Miller

Director Ground Engineering & Tunnelling
T: +44 7436 269130

Ramboll’s cut and cover tunnelling design techniques have been developed using proven engineering expertise and our wide range of related in-house skills. We were the first to design Danish cut and cover tunnels in accordance with EU Directive 2004/54/EC on road tunnel safety.

Shallow tunnels

Cut and cover tunnels are constructed most often at relatively shallow depth. Ramboll’s design methodology here benefits from our complementary services such as ground engineering, soil and groundwater, and fire and safety engineering.

Our designs for the cut and cover tunnels at Marselis Boulevard, Aarhus, and the Nordhavnsvej (Northern Harbour Link), Copenhagen, were the first in Denmark to comply with the road tunnel safety regulations of EU Directive 2004/54/EC. Nordhavnsvej is Copenhagen’s largest road construction project since the 1960s.

Large covered spaces

Ramboll develops innovative structural solutions to adapt the cut and cover technique for building large, but enclosed, spaces such as those found in modern underground metro stations or services depots.
We used prestressed and post-tensioned concrete for the 1.5km truck and services tunnel under a retail complex at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Its multi-level box is constructed in open cut.


Nordhavnsvej – Copenhagen Municipality

Nordhavnsvej – the largest road construction project in Copenhagen in 50 years

The project for “Nordhavnsvej” is the first stage of a new road to Copenhagen’s Nordhavn (North Harbour). Nordhavn is an old industrial and port area, planned to be developed into a new urban area in the north-eastern part of Copenhagen. When fully developed, the urban area is planned for 40,000 residents and 40,000 workplaces.

DIFC - Truck and Services Tunnel

A unique tunnel project for Dubai allowing easy access to the heart of DIFC

Norra Länken

To reduce congestion and to minimise the heavy traffic in the centre of Stockholm, it was decided to build the Norra länken: a five kilometre road around part of the centre of Stockholm, three kilometres of which will be in tunnels.

Marselis Aarhus

Tunnel under Marselis Boulevard

The project consists of a 1.8 kilometre cut and cover tunnel, consisting of mechanical and electrical  installations, several road and railway bridges (including railway bridges at Langenæs, Åhavevej and Viby Ringgade), and all temporary structures.

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