Sweden: High Speed

The extensive network of trains is individually managed by each of the regions and especially in the most populated, traffic is very high and generates numerous political debates on development. But undoubtedly the star project of the plan, which has generated great interest in the country, is the first high-speed line linking the two largest cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg, at a speed of 320 km/h. After several years of debate and various proposals, the project is beginning to take shape with the development of the first two sections between Stockholm and Linköping (Eastern section) and between Gothenburg and Borås (Western section). However, it remains unclear when the stretch Linkoping-Jönköping-Borås will be approved, for budgetary reasons, despite the increased investments in the rail sector, due to the great emphasis on infrastructure maintenance that leaves other projects without funds. However, thanks to the great political and social support that the new line has and to the fact that it is expected to connect with the third largest city, Malmo, forming a Y-shaped network, the project will decrease travel times and the use of vehicles and flights.

In addition, agreements with various municipalities and provinces favour the development of metropolitan transport networks, especially in the three major urban centres. Investments also included 3.5 billion kronor destined to infrastructure that will facilitate mining activities for the industry to continue to contribute to employment and growth, especially in the central regions and the north. Government investments represent a great stimulus for operation and maintenance works with the main aim of increasing the reliability of the railway system. Investments in this sector have been increased by more than 20 billion kronor compared to the previous plan. The biggest challenge presented in this sector is to solve the bottleneck of Stockholm’s central station.