Project:
The Varberg Tunnel
Client:
Swedish Transport Administration
Partner:
Implenia
Location:
Varberg

The Varberg Tunnel

TFIP has composed tender documentation for the procurement of a turnkey contract for the technical installations, as well as building documents for water and sewerage and for road lighting on adjacent bridges. TFIP’s task during the building stage is to support the main contractor, Implenia, with its experience and expertise in technical installations. We cooperate with Implenia on assignment by the Swedish Transport Administration.

The Varberg Tunnel is part of the expansion of the west coast line with a double track and a tunnel under the city centre. The construction project entails a total of nine km of new railway and involves the building of tracks, track tunnels, service and rescue tunnels, a new station area and other building works. Under central Varberg, the railway will run in an approximately 3-km long tunnel.

With a fully expanded double track, the capacity of the rail line becomes greater and thereby the travel frequency can increase for both passenger and freight trains. With the expansion, the technical standard of the entire west coast rail line, Västkustbanan, increases. This means that the speed can be raised, which shortens travel time and also offers greater reliability. One further effect of theVästkustbanan being expanded is an increase in traffic safety. Where the double-track is complete, all of the level crossings between the road and railway have been removed and replaced either by bridges or underpasses. The double-track through Varberg will play an important role in offering more people the means to commute to work and to school. In order to reach the goal of increased train travel in the region, accessibility is of crucial importance. That is why it is important to maintain the central location of the station.

As the tunnel is built, the barrier effect in the form of rail tracks in central Varberg disappears. This creates opportunities for better contact between the city and the water. At the same time, centrally located land where the rail yard is currently located is freed up for new construction.

Cooperative partner: Implenia

All illustrations by: Abako

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