Jacobs wins high-speed rail contract in Sweden
Jacobs has been awarded a framework contract by the Swedish Transportation Administration (Trafikverket) to provide strategic consultancy services for the new high-speed railway lines planned between Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo in Sweden.
The firm will provide technical advice and services across planning, system, design and delivery of the three ongoing projects, improving connectivity between the major cities. The new high-speed railway lines are expected to increase capacity and resilience in the railway system, create more sustainable travel and freight transport and promote regional development and greater access to international markets.
New main lines between Stockholm and Malmo and Stockholm and Gothenburg, starting with the East Link for Jama-Linkoping (approximately 150 km), Goteburg to Boras (60 km) and Hassleholm-Lund (70 km) form the initial projects and potentially form part of a 660 kilometer high speed rail network, with a cost estimated at $23.8 billion, connecting southern parts of Sweden and reduce inter-city journey times.
'Jacobs has significant global experience supporting local authorities and regions in the planning and delivery of their large-scale high-speed rail initiatives' said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Donald Morrison, 'Sweden's vision for a new generation railway is an exciting opportunity to provide cleaner, faster transport capacity and connectivity in the regions, and simulate economic development.'
'Today, our main lines are overcrowded, and greater capacity will add to our sustainable transportation solutions' said STA Program Director Peter Uneklint, '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'.