Photographer's Note

This is a follow-up to Kent's great shot "Good Night Bridge", showing that the Øresund Bridge never sleeps. It's open 24/7 for trains and cars crossing what once was known as 'The Moat' [Vallgraven] between Sweden and Denmark.

Until the second half of 1999 you had car ferries - traveling roughly the same route in 50 minutes - once every hour with the last ferry at around 23 p.m. But if you wanted to cross later than that, you had to go for the ferries between Helsingborg and Helsingør [Elsinore] some 50 kms north.

Today there's a commuter train every 20 minutes in each direction, with the service reduced to hourly between midnight and 5 a.m. The journey is only 35 minutes downtown to downtown, with a stop inside Terminal 3 at Copenhagen Airport. By car you may cross the 16 kms (10 miles) any time you like.

The lights at the right hand side are from the airport, where traffic and activities also are going on around the clock. This proximity is the main reason why the last part of this link – crossing Drogden [the Drogd channel] – is in a tunnel.

In 2004 a total of 4.3 million vehicles crossed the bridge – which is an average of around 11'800 per day – and in total 16.8 million people traveled via the Øresund Bridge. 6.2 million of these were passengers going by train between the two countries.

I can't really understand how we managed without this link!

Image cropped, ran autolevels and faded to 10%, adjusted brightness -5 and contrast +10, increased saturation +15, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened, framed and saved for Web. Actual shutter speed was 16 seconds.

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