Start of the construction of the first high-speed railway in Sweden is scheduled for this year. The route will link the three largest metropolitan regions of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Completion of the first part of the billion-euro project is planned for 2028. TÜV SÜD Danmark actively supports the project as notified body (NoBo) and third-party assessment body (AsBo).
“We are very happy that we won the contract and can participate in this project as an inspection and testing organisation. Our role in this project will strengthen our position as a reliable partner on the Scandinavian market”, says Lars Brockhoff, CEO of TÜV SÜD Danmark. For the construction of the “Ostlänken”, the East Link project, TÜV SÜD Danmark will verify that the hazards and risk management is in compliance with all safety requirements. This is done within the scope of the “Common Safety Methods (CSM)”. The double-track section from Stockholm to Linköping will be 154 km long, including 25 km of tunnels and 155 bridges. The train will be operated at speeds upwards of 320 km/h, thereby cutting the travel time between Stockholm and Gothenburg to a mere 2 hours and 30 minutes. “The line also lays the foundations for the intended European line between Stockholm and Hamburg”, adds Lars Brockhoff.
Testing and inspection for Sweden in conformity with European regulations
Within the scope of the “Västlänken” project (West Link), TÜV SÜD Danmark will act as Notified Body (NoBo) verifying that the project fulfils the criteria for conformity with the European requirements. The Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) are to ensure the safety and compatibility of the technology and systems used in European rail operation. “The project is to free up space in the existing Gothenburg central station and reduce the vulnerability throughout the rail system”, explains Johan Tann, Project Manager TÜV SÜD Danmark and liaison for the Swedish customer in Gothenburg. The West Link is planned as an eight-kilometre double-track section, six kilometres of which will run underground, through a tunnel. The project also covers the construction of three sub-stations. The objective of the new railway is to make destinations in Gothenburg and in western Sweden easier and faster to reach in the future. The whole network is planned to be completed in 2035.
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