Skagerrakbanan – a new high-speed rail connection between Norway and Sweden
The Skagerrak High Speed Railway (HSR ) is a proposed new 256 km electrified double-track railway connecting the cities of Oslo and Gothenburg. With a design speed of up to 400 kilometres per hour, it will reduce travel from today’s 3 hours and 40 minutes to just 1 hour.
The high-speed railway will actually run between Ski, south of Oslo, to Surte, north of Gothenburg. It will link to the existing railway at these two locations without the passenger having to change trains. The eight stations planned for the smaller towns and urban areas along the route, combined with a smart high-speed operations plan, will enable traffic that includes both regional and high-speed long-distance trains to use the line.
Preferably, Skagerrakbanan will be developed, financed, built and operated as a commercially viable company, with project sponsors from the private and/or public sectors. Skagerrakbanan AB will be the project developer. The ownership structure in Skagerrakbanan AB is being established.
Project development is in progress and a series of studies and reports, including preliminary studies, design guidelines, socio-economic calculations, financing models and traffic forecasts are being prepared and fleshed out on an ongoing basis. Discussions with potential construction companies are taking place in the RFI process, as well as with banks, various authorities and other potential stakeholders.