Hallandsås tunnel project - Articles and news items
Rail industry news / 12 February 2015 /
The railway installations have entered a new phase on the Hallandsås project, and track has now been laid in the tunnel…
Issue 5 2014 / 18 September 2014 /
Following many years of troublesome construction work, both rail tunnels through the Hallandsås Ridge in Southern Sweden were completed a year ago. Initiated back in 1992, the construction project has generated more headlines in the Swedish media than any other. Now, trains are scheduled to start rolling through the tunnel in 2015, thereby removing the worst bottleneck on the west coast. Ulf Angberg – Communications Manager for the Hallandsås Project at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) – takes a look back at what caused the project to be delayed, how problems were overcome, and what stage the project is currently at.
Construction of a tunnel through the Hallandsås Ridge in southwest Sweden has given rise to many emotions over the years and the project has suffered several setbacks. Yet because of, or perhaps thanks to, its history, the tunnel is now one of Sweden’s most well-planned construction projects. Today, the project has Swedish and international expertise of world-class, and environmental and safety standards are rigorous.
With traffic increasing steadily, Banverket is seeking more money to finance new lines, adding extra capacity and improving maintenance in the Swedish rail system. Over the past decade, rail traffic growth in Sweden has been impressive. Passenger loadings are up by almost three quarters, while freight traffic has grown by more than a quarter.
Railway infrastructure investments in Sweden are presently substantially higher compared with preceding planning periods. Reversing climate change while maintaining continued economic growth are political priorities and an expanded railway system can help fulfil both these objectives.