Swiss contractor wins $360m deal to build rail line under Swedish city of Varberg

Swiss construction company Implenia has won a $360m deal to build a rail line under the centre of the southwest Swedish city of Varberg.

Implenia will be responsible for a 2.7km twin-track line, a 2.8km tunnel, as well as a 450m cut-and-cover tunnel, a 1.3km cutting, several bridges, a railway station and a freight depot.

The work is expected to take around six years, during which time the railway line will continue to operate.

In summer 2018, Trafikverket, the Swedish transport agency, awarded Implenia a commission worth approximately $20m for the planning and preparation of the project. The company notes in a press release that this will help it to "optimise planning and preparation of the project".

Implenia is headquartered in Dietlikon near Zurich and employs more than 10,000 people.

The expansion of the railway through Varberg is part of an upgrade to Sweden’s West Coast Line between Gothenburg and Lund. The line, one of the most important in Sweden, is being converted to double tracks. A video illustrating the project can be seen here.

Image: Varberg marketplace (Wolfgangus Mozart/Public domain)

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