Sweco to study possible routes for high-speed railway in Sweden

WCN Editorial Team 10 May 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

European engineering and architecture consultancy Sweco has won an order worth SEK200m ($21m) from the Swedish Transport Administration to study alternatives for the location of a new 70km double-track high-speed train line between Hässleholm and Lund in Sweden.

The new railway line will be designed to manage speeds of up to 320km/h for high-speed trains and 250km/h for fast regional trains.

Sweco’s location study is part of the development of the railway plan, which aims to identify, survey and compare various possible routes for the railway line and to analyse the location of associated stations.

The Swedish Transport Administration is planning and building new main lines for high-speed trains to increase the possibility of sustainable travel and freight transport.

The East Link, Gothenburg-Borås and Lund-Hässleholm projects are already underway.

Sweco Sweden president Ann-Louise Lökholm Klasson said: “The new railway is an essential service for many, and an important factor in improving commuting in the region and bringing the big cities closer together.

“It will help cut travel time between Stockholm and Malmö and increase capacity for freight traffic.

“We’re delighted to be working closely with the Swedish Transport Administration in proposing the optimum route for the railway and to continue contributing to sustainable travel.”

Work will begin immediately and is expected to continue until 2022.

On 30 May 2018, the Swedish government decided on the National Transport System Plan for 2018-2029. The high-speed railway system between Stockholm-Gothenburg and Stockholm-Malmö is to be built in stages with development starting with the East Link, Gothenburg-Borås and Lund-Hässleholm projects.

The Swedish Transport Administration expects two and, in the long term, three departures per hour towards Göteborg and Malmö throughout most of the day.

Sweco is involved in the planning and designing of sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to electricity and clean water. The company carries out projects in 70 countries annually.

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Image: Sweco to study possible routes for high-speed railway in Sweden. Photo: Courtesy of Sweco AB.

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