On August 31, 2017, the Swedish Transport Administration’s Director General, Lena Erixon, submitted to the Swedish Government the “Proposal for National Transport Planning Plan 2018-2029”. Erixon points out that the starting point for this plan has been to work with, and contribute to an efficient, modern and sustainable transport system. This plan represents a financial framework of more than SEK 100 billion more than the current plan, and amounts to SEK 622.5 billion. In addition to this, 90 billion from, for example, railway charges, co-financing and congestion taxes are also included. For the railroad, this plan means an increased effort, made possible by increased funds, on robust and reliable transport. The transition from analogue to digital is emphasized by the potential of digitization, such as the introduction of ERTMS, giving the railroad clear progress.

Transport System 2018-2029 means New Railroad

Among the investments proposed for the Swedish railroad are lanes throughout Stockholm – Uppsala, the first stretch of Norrbotniabanan, the last stage on Västkustbanan and many others. The Swedish Transport Administration claims that an increase in maintenance costs will affect both freight and commuting positively, as the railways functionality can be restored with these funds.

Better repairs and track changes will deliver a more Reliable Rail System

The increased funds will thus mean a more reliable rail system with fewer disturbances.
The plan also contains proposals for the reintroduction of speeds previously reduced, including current lanes in metropolitan areas. In order to counteract similar speed cuts in the future, the Swedish Transport Administration also proposes measures to reduce this risk, especially by continuing with performing repairs and track changes. Lanes that do not fall within this group will be comprised of a focus on the possibility of continued traffic and the maintenance of today’s functionality.

Functionality for speed, accessibility and maintenance of rail safety is highlighted by the Swedish Transport Administration as important in ongoing and future investments and work.

Signaling Systems will be modernized

In addition, the proposal contains a focus on digitizing signaling systems and modernizing the Swedish signaling systems. On certain Swedish railways, the systems are over 50 years old and therefore need to be replaced. The Swedish Transport Administration therefore argues that during this period these will be successful during the period will be replaced according to ERTMS. In order to facilitate this work, the Swedish Transport Agency also proposes to investigate whether co-financing of ERTMS onboard equipment with existing EU contributions is possible.

As part of Swedish Transport Administration´s national plan there will be a lot of focus on innovations and in order for the railway to be competitive in the future, both digitization and automation need to be strengthened, both in project and delivery phase as well as in operation. The way to do this is to think outside the box and not only support traditional development methods.

The Swedish Transport Administration seeks an infrastructure for the future, with innovative solutions for strengthening competitiveness and sustainable development – this is entirely in line with Prover’s ambitions and products.

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