Sweden’s Longest Rail Tunnel Opened

Sweden’s Longest Rail Tunnel Opened: Between Malmö and Gothenburg Sweden’s longest rail tunnel has opened. Construction of this takes more than 20 years.

The €1.2 billion Hallandsas Tunnel was finally opened by Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, and Trafikverket director general Lena Erixon on December 8.

The 9-kilometre, twin-bore tunnel will provide more passenger services to operate along the western corridor, creating capacity for upto 20 additional trains an hour. On December 15, when the tunnel is brought into service, 100 trains will travel through the Hallandsas Tunnel. In this project has also  new stations Förslöv, Barkakra and Bastad.

Construction of the tunnel first began in 1992. Five years later, with a third of the tunnel bored, the project was brought to a standstill after serious environmental concerns were raised. Construction eventually restarted in 2003.

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