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Sweden announces €1bn high speed network as China reinstates its own.

Posted on Aug 22, 2017

TUV Responsible for testing of Sweden's latest high speed network.jpg“Our role in this project will strengthen our position as a reliable partner on the Scandinavian market”

Sweden is to bolster its high-speed rail network with the construction of a €1bn project that will link the three largest metropolitan areas of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, slashing journey times and making rail and not air a more attractive option. Completion of the first part of the line is due to be completed for 2028 and will be supported by German inspection and testing company TÜV SÜD’s Danish division, TÜV SÜD Danmark, as the notified body (NoBo) and third-party assessment body (AsBo). 

Sweden’s existing high speed rail infrastructure is currently covered by a tilting train that can reach speeds of up to 125 mph, the SJ. The train that will run on the upcoming network will be capable of speeds of nearly double that, at 200mph.

The news comes as China has just relaunched its existing high speed network, reinstating a speed limit that will see the trains reach speeds of up to 248 mph after a fatal crash in 2011 led its operators to lower it to a maximum of 186mph. Renamed ‘Fuxing', meaning 'Rejuvenation', it has been reported that this latest bullet train includes a monitoring system that automatically lowers speeds in the face of an emergency or difficult conditions. Now the new speed has been raised from its then record-breaking high of 217mph, the Beijing-Shanghai line will complete the 820-mile journey in four hours thirty minutes.

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Back in Sweden, TÜV SÜD has said the double-track section that stretches from Stockholm to Linköping will be 154 km long, with 25 km of tunnels and 155 bridges that will cut travel times between Stockholm and Gothenburg – a distance of around 300 miles – to 2 hours and 30 minutes, a one-hour improvement on the three-hour-forty-nine minute average, according to Rail Europe.

“Our role in this project will strengthen our position as a reliable partner on the Scandinavian market”, said Lars Brockhoff, CEO of TÜV SÜD Danmark, which will verify that the hazards and risk management is in compliance with all safety requirements.

“The line also lays the foundations for the intended European line between Stockholm and Hamburg”, added Brockhoff.

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Not just about improving journey times, a key reason for the upcoming line is to alleviate the pressure placed on Gothenberg’s current central station and “reduce the vulnerability throughout the rail system”, said Johan Tann, Project Manager TÜV SÜD Danmark.

The project also covers the construction of three substations, with the entire network planned for completion in 2035.


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