Atkins makes plans for Sweden’s first high speed rail mainline25 April 2019
Sweden – Atkins has been appointed by the Swedish Transport Administration to develop plans for the country’s first high speed rail mainline. The East Link project will include 30 tunnels ranging from 100m up to 6km, for a total length of 25km.
As a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, 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 250km/h high speed line running from Järna just outside Stockholm to Linköping in southern Sweden.
Working in partnership with Ramboll, Atkins is delivering a railway plan, localisation investigation, environmental impact assessment, basic design and a basis for environmental testing to assist Trafikverket’s application.
The cost of the project is EUR 5.14bn (USD 5.9bn) and it is expected to be fully operational in 2035.
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.
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."