Major expansion of Port of Gothenburg rail system

Published 03/02/2012

The rail system leading to and from the Port of Gothenburg will be expanded following a recent decision by the Swedish Transport Administration. More trains will be able to operate on this route, with improved efficiency and punctuality, enhanced operating safety and environmental benefits. This will allow the Port of Gothenburg to maintain its focus on freight transport by rail.

The rail system to and from the Port of Gothenburg is one of the most important infrastructure links in Sweden. Freight from the whole of the Nordic Region can reach the port areas in Gothenburg by rail. On Monday, the Swedish Transport Administration announced that it would be investing SEK 3.5 billion to expand the rail system. This means that expansion of the Port of Gothenburg rail system will take place four years earlier than anticipated.

Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive, welcomed the decision: "This is very positive news for the Port of Gothenburg and for Swedish industry. The expansion of the rail network means that we can continue our investment in rapid, cost-effective, environmentally smart movement of freight by rail."

The expansion of the rail network will include new tracks and a new railway bridge across the Göta Älv river. This will allow more trains to operate on this route, with improved efficiency and punctuality, enhanced operating safety and environmental benefits. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014, which is four years earlier than the original starting date.

The freight tracks to and from the port area are the busiest in Sweden. Each day, there are more than 70 arrivals or departures at the Port of Gothenburg, linking up to the largest towns and cities in Sweden and Norway. At present, almost half of all containerised goods arrive at the port by rail.

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