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08Oct92 DENMARK: GERMANY PLANS DENMARK CROSSING.

The German government is planning to set up a working group to consider plans for the £3,000 million Fehmarn crossing between Denmark and Germany.Its decision follows the formal launch of four possible designs for the 20 km link by Bilfinger and Berger, one of Germany's leading contractors, in Mannheim on September 23.Peter Breuninger, the B and B engineer in charge of the project, said: 'We hope the working group will be able to agree what should be done next. Proper geotechnical and environmental impact studies need to be done for example.He said he was unsure how soon the working group could be established, although he hoped the B and B group would be involved.'Other members of the working party are expected to include consultants,' Mr Breuninger added.B and B has been working on its plans for almost a year. Its partners are Strabag, Bouygues, Campenon Bernard, KKS Enterprise and three banks' Dresdener, Banque National de Paris and Bikupen.Kaj Ikast, Denmark's transport minister, said no political decision about whether the link should be built would be made until 1995 or 1996. B and B said if one of its four options were chosen the crossing could come in to operation in 2003.The link - a combination of bridges and tunnels - should pay for itself in 18 years, when it will be handed over to the joint control of the German and British governments.