Veidekke to build $214m railway tunnel for Bane NOR in Norway

WCN Editorial Team 10 Oct 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Norwegian construction company Veidekke has been selected by Bane NOR, the owner of the railway network in Norway, to build a railway tunnel in the country.

The contract, valued at NOK1.96bn ($214m), will see the design and construction of Skogertunnelen, a new double-track tunnel from Drammen to Kobbervikdalen on the Vestfoldbanen railway.

Construction is set to begin this autumn and scheduled for completion in four years, Veidekke said.

Veidekke group CEO Jimmy Bengtsson said: “We are extremely pleased to have succeeded in winning this major contract, which will mean so much for so many. In this assignment, Veidekke’s rock and concrete core expertise will be put to good use.

“We now look forward to a good collaboration with Bane NOR about the construction of Skogertunnelen, which will give train commuters in South-East Norway greater flexibility in their everyday life.”

The project, UDK01 Mountain tunnel and day zone Skogertunnelen, is part of the InterCity development in East Norway, which is considered to the largest communication project in the country.

Skogertunnelen is an important piece of the continuous double-track connection between Drammen and Tønsberg, scheduled to be commissioned in 2024.

The contract, signed by Veidekke and Bane NOR, includes a 6km tunnel through Strømsåsen, and the 300m day zone that will connect the tunnel to existing tracks.

Veidekke will build a total of 10.8km of tunnel, including evacuation tunnels, and line about 165,000m² with concrete cast in situ, to secure the tunnel against frost and water penetration.

Bane NOR infrastructure construction division executive vice president Stine Undrum said: “With Veidekke, we have a solid industry player contributing to our project in Drammen. They provide quality, have good references, and we know them well from previous tunnel projects.

“When ready for commissioning in 2024, the Drammen-Tønsberg double track will allow for two trains per hour in each direction between Oslo and Tønsberg, thus more than doubling the capacity, and providing improved and more efficient transit for passengers on the Vestfoldbanen railway.”

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Image: Veidekke to build railway tunnel in Norway. Photo: Courtesy of Veidekke/Flickr

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