The East Link
The East Link will link together the countryside with Stockholm and make Nyköping part of the capital city’s labour and housing market. The high-speed railway now under construction will contribute to an urban development we have not seen since the beginning of the 1900s.
The trains will be able to run at a speed of over 300 km per hour and carry passengers from Stockholm to Linköping in one hour.
ÅF has been teamed with Tyréns in development of the East Link’s first phase between Södertälje and Trosa, which includes planning and engineering of railway plans with environmental impact assessments, system documents and design programs. The work currently being carried out by ÅF will set the standard for the entire East Link. Since this is the first time Sweden has built a high-speed railway, foreign expertise from France and Japan has been brought into the project to provide know-how in new technology, but the plans need to be adapted to the Swedish natural environment and Swedish conditions.
The East Link will be built along the population centers in order to contribute to community development. But there are difficult geological challenges to overcome, since the railway will be built both over agricultural land and through densely populated areas. Construction of the East Link is scheduled to begin in 2017.