Sweden Moves to Join High Speed Rail Club

Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – has been appointed by the Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, to develop plans for the country’s first high speed rail mainline.   

Working in partnership with Ramboll, Atkins will provide a range of services over the next five years to plan and design the Linköping city section of the 160km East Link project – a 250pkh high speed line running from Järna (just outside Stockholm) to Linköping in southern Sweden.

The SEK 54 billion / $5.9b scheme – which is expected to become fully operational in 2035 – will significantly reduce journey times, increase capacity across the railway network and act a catalyst for regional economic growth. The line is also the first of three proposed rail mainlines which will connect to form a 440km high speed railway linking the major cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Atkins, which has a team of around 450 based in Sweden, is delivering a railway plan, localisation investigation, environmental impact assessment, basic design and a basis for environmental testing to assist Trafikverket’s application to take the scheme forward. 

Johannes Erlandsson, CEO for SNC-Lavalin´s Atkins business in Sweden, said: “The East Link represents the start of Sweden’s most important infrastructure project in modern times and will lay the foundations for a sustainable high-speed rail solution that will benefit the whole country.

“Drawing on Atkins’ European high-speed rail expertise and experience – including HS2 in the United Kingdom and Copenhagen-Ringsted line in Denmark– we look forward to working with Trafikverket and Ramboll to deliver a project which will help transform rail travel in Sweden.”

Anna Forslund, client director at Ramboll said: “Together with the Swedish Transport Administration and Atkins, we will find a good solution for how the railway will run through Linköping and ensure a good interaction with the city of Linköping’s development plans.  Integration with the surrounding environment is an important piece of the puzzle for this project. Together we will make railway history.”

Atkins provides technical consultancy and engineering design spanning all areas of high speed rail, from developing concepts and business cases, to applying the latest technology to deliver complex projects innovatively and efficiently. Atkins’ global high speed rail portfolio includes projects in South Africa, Taiwan, Norway, Portugal, France, United States.

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