A consortium comprising Sweden-based NCC and Spanish company Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) has received a contract to build a new section of railway between Lund and Arlöv in Skåne, Sweden.

The value of the awarded contract is nearly SEK800m ($78.4m) and comprises an option under the Lund–Arlöv Four Track project.

In 2017, NCC and OHL consortium were selected to expand the Southern Main Line between Arlöv and Flackarp. The scope of work involves the expansion of current two tracks to four, and construction of three new stations as well as new overpasses and one tunnel.

The contract also included an option to expand the section between Flackarp and Lund to four tracks and to construct a new station at Klostergården in southern Lund.

Swedish Transport Administration project manager Jens-Peter Eisenschmidt said: “It’s been a shared goal from the start of construction work in 2017 to find a solution jointly with NCC/OHL that would also enable us to build the Flackarp–Lund section in the Lund–Arlöv Four Track project.

“An agreement has now been reached that is mutually beneficial for all parties. The fact that we can build the entire Malmö–Lund section as part of a joint project will save valuable time and money.”

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Under the latest contract, NCC and OHL consortium will be responsible for the construction of two new tracks on the western side of the current tracks along the 3km-long Flackarp–Lund section.

NCC said that the expansion project would increase the number of trains pass that through this section each day from 450 to 650.

OHL CEO José Antonio Fernández Gallar said: “This is one of the busiest railway lines in Sweden and minimising disruption during the construction period is crucial, not just for rail passengers but also for road and pedestrian traffic in the area.”

Construction on the new section is expected to start in April 2020 and will be completed in late 2024.

NCC and OHL consortium will work on Lund–Arlöv railway project. (Credit: NCC)