A passenger on a regional train on the capital island of Zealand breathes in 10 times as many particles as if he stood on one of Copenhagen’s most congested thoroughfares, according to readings taken by the Technological Institute for DSB.
The readings confirm results presented in Politiken back in March by the Ecological Council, which showed that it was more of a health risk to travel by train than to stand and breathe in the air on H.C. Andersen’s Boulevard – one of the capitals most congested thoroughfares.
“We can fully confirm what the Ecological Council has previously said – that there are a lot of these fine particles,” DSB Technical Director Ove Dahl Kristensen says.
The Ecological Council originally carried out its survey after passengers had complained of diesel fumes in carriages. The diesel fumes come from the old diesel locomotives.
According to the Institute for Public Health Sciences at Copenhagen University, there are some 3,000 premature deaths each year due to the effects of particle pollution.
DSB promises to reduce its particle pollution, and is to replace the particle filters on its locomotives by the end of this year, reducing emissions by 40 per cent.
“But that still leaves 60 per cent, and we would like to do things even better,”Kristensen says.
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Edited by Julian Isherwood