East Link / Ostlanken high-speed rail line

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The East Link project will stretch from Jarna in Stockholm to Linkoping. Image courtesy of Trafikverket.

The double track is designed for trains going up to 320 km/h. Image courtesy of Trafikverket.

The East Link project will include 20 km of tunnels. Image courtesy of FreeImages.com/Walter Bracht.

East Link

The East Link/Ostlanken project is a 150 km double-track high-speed railway line between the town of Jarna in Stockholm County and Linkoping in Sweden. It will be the first high-speed rail line in Sweden designed for trains running at speeds of up to 320 km/h.

The project is a key part of Sweden’s future high-speed rail project from Stockholm to Gothenburg/Malmo via Jonkoping. The line will also connect to the existing main rail network at Jarna, Norrkoping and Linkoping.

“Construction work is expected to take place between 2017 and 2021, and the line is expected to become fully operational by 2028.”

East Link will significantly reduce travel time between linked cities and make travel faster, safer and smoother. It will also increase the capacity of more trains, enable economic growth in the regions by creating opportunities and increase freight transport on existing railways.

Construction work is expected to take place between 2017 and 2021, and the line is expected to become fully operational by 2028.

Currently preparing the permit application for the project, the Swedish Transport Administration is investing Skr 35.5 billion ($4.25 billion) in the project.

Advantages of Sweden’s first railway line

The Eastern Line will provide new travel opportunities and create a more direct route, unlike existing rail lines. The journey between Stockholm and Linkoping could be reduced to one hour and from Stockholm to Nykoping is expected to take 45 minutes, while the journey time between Stockholm and Malmö will be reduced by 30 minutes for long-distance travelers.

It will also free up space on existing lines and reduce congestion for other trains. In addition to passenger services, it will create more capacity for freight.

Infrastructure of the Ostlanken high-speed railway line

The 150 km double track line will be built with 155 bridges (126 railway bridges and 29 road bridges over a length of 10 km) and 27 tunnels. The tunnels will be 20 km long and will include 12 single-track tunnels and 15 double-track tunnels. The shortest tunnel will be 100 m long, while the longest will be around 6 km.

All crossings between road and rail will be separated and the line will be installed with traffic control without optical signals.

Line route and station details

The high-speed train will cross three counties between Jarna and Linkoping, which include Stockholm, Sodermanland and Ostergotland. It will include five stations at Vagnharad, Nykoping, Skavsta Airport, Norrkoping and Linkoping. All stations will be new except for Nyköping, where an existing building will be fitted out and renovated.

Contractors involved

The Swedish Transport Administration planned to divide the project into 15 construction contracts to be awarded to foreign and Swedish companies.

According to the plan, all construction works in the same geographical area will be considered as one contract. However, work that does not include construction, such as electrical, signal engineering and telecommunications engineering, will be contracted separately.

The development of a 65 km section was entrusted to COWI, a Danish consulting firm, and SYSTRA, an engineering and consulting group specializing in rail and public transport.

The contractual scope includes the installation of railway systems from Sillekrog to Stacsjo with a connection to Nykoping and the construction of a new station at Skavsta airport.

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