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Trafikverket - Articles and news items

Trafikverket hires new Regional Director of the north

Rail industry news / 19 June 2017 /

Trafikverket has hired Helena Eriksson as the new Director of Transport Administration of the northern region.

Trafik verket: lowering market entry barriers

Issue 5 2016 / 6 September 2016 /

Trafikverket – the Swedish Transport Administration – is responsible for long-term planning of all types of traffic for the country’s transport system, as well as for building, operating and maintaining public roads and railways. According to Trafikverket’s National Plan, €52.2 billion will be invested in the transport system up to 2025 and in order to raise the level of competition in its procurement efforts, the Administration endeavours to attract tenders from a greater number of inter national suppliers for its projects. In an interview for European Railway Review, Camilla Ahston – Trafikverket’s Senior Inter national Strategist – reveals that efforts to attract new international suppliers are beginning to yield good results.

An increase in the number of international suppliers will provide the potential for more tenders & new creative methods

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 21 July 2016 /

Camilla Ahston, Senior International Strategist, Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) provides an explanation ahead of her article in European Railway Review Issue 5

Swedish transport authority to install €66 million traffic management system

Rail industry news / 1 October 2015 /

Trafikverket, the Swedish transport administration has awarded Alstom a contract to install a €66 million traffic management system covering the entire rail network.

The future of high-speed rail in Sweden

Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /

Within a foreseeable future, Sweden will have its first high-speed railway, writes Stefan Engdahl, Director of Market and Planning at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket). After years of discussions and investigations, there is now wide majority support for a large investment, which also includes new housing and improved public transport. This will be the largest infrastructure project conducted in Sweden in a generation: a society transformation as great as when the main lines were drawn through the country in the 1800s. The overall descriptions of the upcoming investment into a high-speed railway between the metropolitan regions of Sweden indicate a great boost for Swedish infrastructure. The goal is for these high-speed railways to be completed around 2035…

Consortium appointed technical consultants for Swedish high-speed rail project

Rail industry news / 5 June 2015 /

Swedish Transport Agency, Trafikverket, has appointed the COWI and SYSTRA Consortium as technical consultants for the high-speed Ostlänken or Eastern Link project.

The Hallandsås tunnel project moves forward

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…

Nexans cables to reinforce Sweden’s rail infrastructure after agreement with Trafikverket

Rail industry news / 17 December 2013 /

Sweden’s rail infrastructure is set to receive a major boost in reliability…

Putting into action large-scale rail projects

Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /

The first railway in Sweden was built in 1856. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Sweden had a combination of both private and public railways. After the 1930s, the railways were nationalised with the establishment of Statens Järnväger (SJ) – Swedish Rail. In 1988, SJ was split into Banverket (for rail infrastructure) and SJ (for train operations). Since 2000, maintenance has been subject to competition, and in 2010, the Banverket Maintenance Division became a state-owned company called Infranord AB. Furthermore, in 2010, Banverket and Vägverket merged to become Trafikverket – the Swedish Transport Administration.

The Swedish railway system comprises 11,900km of railway lines – 90% of which are electrified and there are 11,400 sets of points and 560 railway stations.
Negative factors

There are only a limited number of railway contractors that are active on the Swedish market, one of which – Infranord – is the dominant player. The railways have a maintenance backlog and consequently there is no spare capacity, which makes it a vulnerable system.

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.

Next generation energy settlement system: Immediate saving, increased competitiveness

Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /

Eress is an open partnership between infrastructure managers Banedanmark, Infrabel, Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket. A non-profit organisation, jointly owned by its partners, Eress is committed to the development, implementation and supply of the Erex energy settlement system – a system that gives train operators total control over their train’s actual energy consumption. For European Railway Review, Dyre Martin Gulbrandsen, Director of Eress, explains how Erex has been developed and what the advantages are, and further on in the article, Terje Stømer from Jernbaneverket comments on the importance of using actual energy consumption data from trains for billing purposes.

As the leading energy settlement system on the market, Erex offers infrastructure managers the chance to strengthen railway transport through increased competiveness. Having been developed by the users, the system also offers a unique opportunity to lead instead of follow technological development.

“Over recent years, Erex has proven its position as the leading energy settlement system on the market,” says Dyre Martin Gulbrandsen. “It gives train operators total control over the trains’ actual energy consumption.

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.

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