The East Line: Sweden’s new high-speed railway

Sweco has been chosen by the Swedish Transport Administration to plan a sub-section of the East Link, Sweden’s first high-speed railway. The main rail line Stockholm-Malmö-Gothenburg will be expanded with a whole new double-track railway for high-speed trains.


Assignment: A new high-speed railway

Location: Norrköping, Sweden

Client: The Swedish Transportation Administration

Assignment period: 2015-2018

Areas of operation: Railway engineering, civil engineering, water and environment, architecture, project management, building service systems, IT for urban development 


Sweco has been contracted to plan and design a 43-km section of high-speed railway in the Swedish province of Östergötland, among other things through central Norrköping.  

There are many aspects to take into consideration, such as how to achieve the most environmentally-friendly alignment in natural areas, how to design the noise barriers and how to create crossings for people and animals. When the high-speed trains are running, this will also free up capacity on the old tracks for freight and regional passenger traffic. Furthermore, the trains will be a fast and safe alternative that increases the potential for commuting to work.

The entire East Link covers some 150 km of double-track high-speed railway between the cities of Järna and Linköping. With passenger trains capable of travelling at speeds of over 300 km per hour, the railway will create new opportunities for both people and businesses. When the entire line between Stockholm and Gothenburg is completed, travel time between the country’s two largest cities will be shortened by one hour, down to a total of two hours.

Sweco’s work was started in January 2015 and is expected to continue until 2018. The plan is for the trains to begin rolling on the new tracks in 2028.

The railway initiatives are linked to the fast-growing Nordic cities, and the ambition is to create rapid and reliable transports that support the development of attractive labour market regions.

These investments will open the way for housing construction along the lines, expansion of regions and development of society. In a vision study for the Sweden’s future railway, Sweco has identified the measures needed to increase rail travel by 200 per cent by 2050.