Sweden: Two rail bridges to replace one

Trafikverket will replace the current bridge on the Södra Stambanan line with two new bridges starting next week. The bridge that will be replaced is the Southern mainline over the E4 between Åby and Norrköping (Sweden).

The new railway bridges will provide better services for the railway operators that use this connection. Rather than relying on just one bridge and having it closed down for maintenance, having two will allow the continuation of traffic.

Two is better than one

The current railway bridge plays an important role for both passengers and goods transportation. It is the core network connection for the railway in Sweden. For years it has served as a smooth, green and safe track on the Södra Stambanan line.

Having two bridges makes maintenance easier and increases capacity on the Södra Stambanan line. The current railway bridge is reaching its technical service life. It will be replaced in order to sustain the heavy traffic, provide reliability and be more robust.

Safety first

Connecting the two new railway bridge will commence next week. While the E4 will be open to traffic. There will be a period of times for adjustments in speed and passability. The speed will be reduced from 110 to 70 kilometre per hour in the work area over a 300 meter distance.

The current bridge will be demolished on November 16. From that point on, passengers will be encouraged to plan their trip. Drivers will be advised to respect speed limits and any instructions set on the site to be followed.

Freight railway

The new freight railway, Kardonbanan, will also be connected. The construction of the bridges will affect the train operation between Katrineholm and Norrköping next week. The Nyköping line will also be closed during the same period. Train traffic will run as usual between Katrineholm and Norrköping starting Thursday morning at 5:00 hours

Improving the railway will affect passengers who use the train as transport. The train companies were asked to have replacements during the closure. Train traffic will run as usual from Thursday at 05:00.

Author: Sarah Chebaro

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