Sweden awards Lund–Arlöv contract

Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, awarded a consortium formed by Swedish NCC with Spanish OHL an assignment for the construction of the railway line between Lund and Arlöv in Skåne County. The order value is some SEK 2 billion (EUR 204.9 million) and the contract is expected to be signed at the end of June. The contract includes an option valued at an additional SEK 1 billion (EUR 102.45 million).
The full assignment comprises the construction of two temporary, full standard railway tracks on the Hjärup to Arlöv section which will be used while the railway expansion is ongoing. Thereafter, 4 new tracks will be constructed on the Flackarp to Arlöv section, where the railway will be given a new design and lowered into a 5-km cutting for part of the section and decked over for the section through the community of Åkarp. Moreover, an option exists to build the section between Lund and Flackarp.
Construction is planned to start in July 2017 and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Should the option be exercised, the completion date will be changed to the end of 2024.
The assignment is being carried out by NCC and OHL in the “Lund – Arlöv Fyra spår” consortium.
The Lund – Arlöv is being upgraded from two to four tracks to increase the capacity on the line. Parts of the stretch will be constructed below ground level in order to reduce noise disturbance, and more and better crossings will be built over the tracks in order to reduce the barrier effect of the railway in the local communities.
This is the Southern Main Line, one of Sweden’s most important railway lines for both international and national transport. The Southern Main Line is part of the TEN-T, which is the European network for cross-border high-speed rail transport.

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