Construction is about to begin on the Marieholm Link in Gothenburg. A new, double-track rail bridge across the Göta Älv River and a new road tunnel will be completed by 2020. According to Magnus Kårestedt, Chief Executive of the Port of Gothenburg, this will be a major boost for the whole of Swedish industry.
Almost 30% of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg. A large proportion of freight to and from the port is carried by rail via the Marieholm Bridge.
The present single-track railway bridge is used by some 70 trains each day. Capacity is now set to increase. On May 23, a ceremony will take place to mark the start of construction of a new, double-track Marieholm Bridge.
"With a second track, the Marieholm Bridge can increase the volume of freight transported to and from the port by rail. The vulnerability of having just one track is reduced and the logistics chain will be more stable. This will be a major boost for Swedish import and export companies," explains Magnus Kårestedt.
The Port of Gothenburg is one of several operators involved in the joint funding of this new river link. In the original plan, construction of the bridge was due to commence in 2018. Thanks to joint funding from the Port of Gothenburg, AB Volvo, the City of Gothenburg and the Västra Götaland Region, construction of the railway can begin four years ahead of schedule.
On May 23, at 10:15 am, the Minister for Infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd and the Director-General of the Swedish Transport Agency Gunnar Malm, along with the four co-funding bodies, will perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the Marieholm Link.
The new bridge will be built 75 metres from the old bridge and can be raised and turned. Alongside the bridge, there will be a new road tunnel under the river. The whole link system will be ready for use in 2020.