The Øresund Institute has called for a new bridge to be built between Helsingborg and Elsinore due to the sharp rise in traffic over the current Øresund Bridge. Traffic increased by 16% in 2006 to an average of 15,800 vehicles a day.
Commuter traffic was up 43% on 2005. Including trains, 14,000 people now commute across the Øresund Bridge every day, a major change since 2001 when the total was 4,000.
These volumes of traffic increase the pressure on the Øresund Bridge. Plans have been made to raise the number of trains between Copenhagen and Malmø from three an hour to six in 2011. However, this would make it difficult to carry enough freight over the Bridge, according to analysts Niels Paarup-Petersen of the Øresund Institute.
In 2006, some 4,400 people moved home from Sealand to Skåne - with approximately 1,400 moving in the other direction. The majority of those who moved kept their jobs in Denmark. Passenger numbers on trains over the Sound rose by 17% last year to approx. 7.8 million.