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Gunnar Malm - Articles and news items

EIM on track to further enlarge and strengthen the cooperation amongst rail infrastructure managers in Europe

Rail industry news / 27 November 2013 /

EIM’s members have adopted a reform of the association’s statutes…

Upgrading our current system is the fastest way to improve capacity

Issue 5 2012 / 20 September 2012 /

According to Trafikverket – the Swedish Transport Administration, one must not overestimate the possibilities of improving the Swedish transport system through expansion. Expansions alone will not solve the capacity deficiencies that were identified in a recent study. The greatest and fastest improvements can be found in our existing system, which needs to be used in a more efficient and sustainable way. In order to handle future increases in traffic, our current roads, railways, shipping and aviation modes need to reach their full potential. A robust transport system would form the basis of sound investments in the long-term.

In March 2011, Trafikverket was tasked by the government with analysing the need for capacity increases in the Swedish railway system for the period 2012-2021, and to put forward suggestions for future action. In addition, the assignment involved analysing future trans – portation needs up to 2050.

The assignment was expanded in September 2011 to include all modes of transport. This meant that Trafikverket had to also analyse how to increase the efficiency and capacity of Sweden’s roads, shipping and aviation. In April 2012, Trafikverket presented its findings to the Minister for Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd.

Vice-President Siim Kallas discusses priorities for the future of rail with the CEOs of rail Infrastructure Managers

Rail industry news / 22 March 2011 /

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas today participated in a meeting of the CEOs of EIM…

Winter delays and disruption – combating the cold

Issue 5 2010 / 20 September 2010 /

The hard winter of 2009/2010 led to major disruptions to train services in Sweden. In April 2010, the Swedish Transport Administration initiated an inquiry intended to show how great the delays were that affected passenger and goods services, how great a cost to society they entailed, what caused the delays, the factors that interacted to contribute to the situation that arose, and what the Swedish Transport Administration can do, principally from a macro-economic perspective.