Strategy, Funding, Innovation and Regional Co-operation
Very interesting and well organised conference. Good networking opportunities. I will be back next year. UKTI
The Scandinavian Rail Development conference has now taken place.
The huge investments planned for Scandinavia’s rail networks mean that this region continues to lead the European Rail market. The transport authorities of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark are well aware that innovative, world class railways serving both the freight and passenger markets are the key to economic growth.
Returning to Stockholm after 2 years in Oslo, the 2016 Scandinavian Rail Development conference will bring together the strategists, financiers and innovators, to present and discuss investment plans for the region’s rail networks. With all major freight and passenger railway undertakings represented, alongside each of the infrastructure manufacturers, this is an unmissable conference for all rail professionals with an interest in the Scandinavian rail sector.
Topics this year included:
- Trafikverket: Investments for a new generation of rail travel
- Horizon 2020: The DESTination RAIL Project and its implications for the Nordic region
- The Norwegian National Transport Plan to 2023
- Ensuring the Safety of the Scandinavian Railways
- Best Practice in Upgrading Level Crossings
- Best in Class ERTMS Deployment
- Doubling Denmark’s rail transportation by 2030: Plans and Progress
- Sweden’s East Link (Ostlänken)
- Sweden’s first high-speed railway
- Innovations in Rolling Stock
- Maintaining the Region’s Railways
- Enhancing Transport Links on Either Side of the Fehmarn Strait
- Denmark’s Togfonden Investment Plans
- Liikennevirasto Investment Plans
The Swedish government currently has a 10-year infrastructure spending plan in place worth around €50 billion. This covers both road and rail projects, though rail takes the lion’s share. It also covers both infrastructure improvements, i.e. new developments, as well as extra funds for much needed maintenance. Within a foreseeable future, Sweden will have its first high-speed railway. After years of discussions and investigations, there is now wide majority support for a large investment, which also includes new housing and improved public transport.
This will be the largest infrastructure project conducted in Sweden in a generation: a society transformation as great as when the main lines were drawn through the country in the 1800s. The overall descriptions of the upcoming investment into a high-speed railway between the metropolitan regions of Sweden indicate a great boost for Swedish infrastructure. The goal is for these high-speed railways to be completed around 2035. The new high-speed railway requires new technology and a new construction standard, which allows a maximum speed of 320 kilometres per hour. There are many challenges ahead. In addition to the new technology in regard to the construction, a new type of vehicle will be required; one which can drive at such a high speed while still maintaining comfort and operational reliability.
In Denmark, the Government have approved a “Togfunden” (Train Fund) worth 27.5 billion kroner (£2.6 billion) which will be invested in the country’s rail infrastructure over the next 10 years to improve public transport. The fund is the largest in Danish history. The basis for the current rail development is a political agreement from 2007, stating that the passenger rail transportation shall be doubled in 2030. (Some have 2020 or 2025, but that is not the formal agreement).
In Norway, the current national transport plan for the period 2014-2023 demonstrates a historic commitment to infrastructure, and in particular rail, with record high investments. There is strong cross-political support for the current NTP and the will to carry out the projects in the plan is there, regardless of the Government constellation.
• NTP 2014-2023 allocates £13 billion to railways.
• The £13 billion is split into £7bn for planned investments and £5.8bn for operation and maintenance.
It was an excellent chance to network with Scandinavian rail companies and gave a good overview of the current market. Tracsis Plc
A good balance of speakers covering the Scandinavian territory with a wide range of delegates making the conference very interesting A Proctor Group