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Transport agency Trafikverket has awarded Jacobs a framework contract to provide planning, systems design and delivery consultancy services for the development of a Y-shaped network of high speed lines linking Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö.
The first phase of the high speed rail programme covers construction of the 150 km Ostlänken between Järna and Linköping, as well as the 60 km Göteborg – Borås and 70 km Hässleholm – Lund sections of the proposed network.
‘Our main lines are overcrowded, and greater capacity will add to our sustainable transport’, said Trafikverket Programme Director Peter Uneklint when the contract with Jacobs was announced on March 5. ‘Expanding the railway network will bring Sweden closer together and create new opportunities for people and businesses. We are looking forward to applying Jacobs’ global experience in high speed rail to support us in finding the right solutions for Sweden.’
‘Jacobs has significant global experience supporting local authorities and regions in the planning and delivery of their large-scale high speed rail initiatives’, said Donald Morrison, Jacobs’ People & Places Solutions Senior Vice-President. ‘Sweden’s vision for a new generation railway is an exciting opportunity to provide cleaner, faster transport capacity and connectivity in the regions, and stimulate economic development.’
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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