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, ie new developments, as well as extra funds for much needed maintenance. A few major projects have a combined value of £8 billion.
Opportunities exist at all stages of rail development from planning and consultancy through to rail build and rolling stock.
Swedish procurement for the rail sector
Swedish procurement for new rail infrastructure goes through Trafikverket – the Swedish Transport Administration.
Trafikverket follows the Swedish Public Procurement Act (LOU) and the Act on Procurement in the Water, Energy, Transport and Postal Services Sectors (LUF). These acts are based on European Union (EU) procurement directives and are only available in Swedish on Trafikverket’s website.
Trafikverket’s pre-qualification system called TransQ is used to advertise projects when they exceed relevant thresholds.
Rail projects in Sweden
Major railways projects in Sweden currently include:
- East Link (Ostlänken)
- West Link (Västlänken)
- Mälaren Line project (Mälarbanan)
- Gothenburg-Borås project
- rail renovation through central Stockholm
- Varberg Tunnel
- Flackarp–Arlöv, 4 tracks
- implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System