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New high-speed train improves mobility in West Sweden

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The Swedish Transport Administration is building a new high-speed railway between Gothenburg and Borås, and COWI won the siting evaluation contract.

Gothenburg-Borås is one of the biggest commuter routes in Sweden, and the current single-track railway is not a competitive alternative to road transport.

The new railway will link the region’s two largest cities more closely together as well as strengthen connections in West Sweden in general.

With double tracks built for speeds of up to 320 km/h, journey times between Gothenburg and Borås can be halved and more trains can be put into service. Gothenburg-Borås improves access to Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, and is a link in a new Stockholm-Gothenburg main line via Jönköping.

COWI won the siting evaluation contract for the new high-speed railway for the Bollebygd-Borås section of the route. It will entail investigating the area and identifying a suitable route for the new railway.

“We are delighted and very proud to be awarded this contract. It is an exciting project and we received by far the highest rating in the Transport Administration’s bid assessment. We are already one of the few consultancies with experience of high-speed trains in Sweden, and this contract further consolidates our position,” says Christer Niland, head of infrastructure engineering at COWI.

Construction of the high-speed railway is planned to begin in 2020.

LAST UPDATED: 18.09.2017