Skanska signs £89m contract for Norwegian light rail project

WCN Editorial Team 10 Jun 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Swedish construction firm Skanska has secured a contract worth NOK982m (£89m) for the construction of a subsection of Bergen Light Rail in Bergen, Norway.

The subsection forms part of the light rail tram connecting Fyllingsdalen to city centre of Bergen. The specific stretch is considered to be the most complex one and includes the construction of a 1,200m long tunnel and a station hall.

It also includes the construction of new infrastructure surrounding the tram, deconstruction work and the production of several huge concrete foundations.

Construction will start this month and the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

The Swedish construction firm said that the value of the contract, awarded by Hordaland municipality, will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the second quarter 2019.

Skanska stated for the project it will take several sustainable steps to lower the carbon footprint including the use of biofuels, electrical machines and the use of low-carbon concrete.

The company also claims that it will be certified as per CEEQUAL level Very Good. CEEQUAL is a global certifying system focusing on suitability within construction projects.

In 2000, the City Council of Bergen selected the alignment to build the Bergen Light Rail between centre of the city and the airport at Flesland.

The first stage of the construction which included a 20-station stretch between the city centre and Lagunen Storsenter, where the first 15 stations comprising a 9.8km stretch that was opened in 2010.

The second phase included 3.6km stretch from Nesttun to Lagunen which opened in 2013. And, the third phase that stretched between Lagunen to Bergen Airport, Flesland opened in 2016.

There are further plans for the project with mooted extensions between Åsane and Sandviken to the north and Fyllingsdalen and Loddefjord to the west.

The entire line is expected to directly serve about 25% of the region’s population and will integrate with the existing bus services across all the corridors of operation. The stations will be integrated with local transportation facilities and many stations will also include parking spaces for commuters.

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Image: Bergen Light Rail system. Photo: Courtesy of Nina-no/Wikipedia.org

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