Skagerrakbanan can become part of the EU high-speed rail network. Some trains will continue from Gothenburg to Skåne and Copenhagen on the existing West Coast Line and the Öresund Bridge. This creates the means to continue south without having to change trains in Gothenburg. The Oslo to Copenhagen journey time will be 3 hours, and 5 hours for Oslo to Hamburg. This will make the option to take the train competitive compared to air.
Skagerrakbanan will strengthen EU collaboration with the EEA and follow the EU’s Green Deal and its Mobility Plan through high-speed rail. Skagerrakbanan will then form an important link in the wider network of planned Swedish high-speed rail lines, a second Öresund crossing and the Fehmarn Belt tunnel for access to Hamburg and the continental high-speed railway network.
Because Skagerrakbanan has good connections in Gothenburg to Malmö, Copenhagen and Hamburg, it will also serve international high-speed trains and support the EU’s Green Deal policy and Mobility Plan to prohibit flights shorter than 500 km.