Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk wants to spend some of its recent vast profits on a new underground train station next to its Copenhagen head office.
The company is willing to help fund a stop that is nearer than the Marmorkiren station, a 750-metre walk away.
In a consultation response for the new M5 line, the company argues that a metro station would be justified given that the container ship group will employ 3,500 people by the end of 2026, as well as receive numerous guests, the Finans daily reported.
In November it was reported that Maersk is planning to almost double office space at its HQ.
“Consequently, Maersk wishes to contribute to the consideration of whether a metro station can be placed near the location of Maersk’s headquarters — and also a number of tourist attractions,” wrote Andreas Sorensen, head of Maersk’s facility management in Denmark.
“Maersk is very happy to participate in a discussion with [metro company] Metroselskabet and other relevant actors about whether and how this can be realised, including how Maersk can contribute to the realisation of this,” he added.
Aarhus University political science researcher Anne Skorkjaer Binderkrantz told Finans: “It is rather unusual if there is an indirect offer in the wording that you will help finance a public building in order to get it the way you want it.”
Maersk has not responded to a question about whether it is prepared to pay the full cost, which could amount to billions of Danish kroner.