The Stockholm bypass – or Förbifart Stockholm – is a new route for the European highway (E4) past the Swedish capital. With a budgeted construction cost of 3.1 billion euros, the link will be one of the longest road tunnels in the world.The aim is to relieve arterial roads and the inner city of traffic and reduce the vulnerability of the city’s traffic system. Just over 18 km of the total of 21 km of the link are in tunnels.
Johan Brantmark, the director of the project at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), said that the land acquisition plan and environmental permits have been approved by the government, and that the actual construction work is planned to start in the spring of 2016.
“The preparatory works have started and the amount of field work being performed is continually increasing," he said.
The project also opens up opportunities for international contractors and construction companies.
Johan Brantmark explained that foreign firms are invited to tender for the opportunities to provide the tunnels and civil works, which are expected to cost 2 billion euros over the next two years.
“The Swedish market is not enough, so we need to turn to the international market as well," he said.
Olof Zetterberg, chief executive officer of Stockholm Business Region, also said that the Stockholm bypass offers opportunities for foreign companies. There are altogether 17 tenders in the project, he said.
“In our dialogue with Swedish Transport Administration, we are in contact with suppliers from France, Germany, Spain and other markets around the world”, Zetterberg said.
“In our view this proves that the Stockholm bypass project has the potential to attract further foreign suppliers. We believe that the attraction focus also will provide increased interest for other projects in the region”.
The Stockholm bypass is not the only big infrastructure project in the Swedish capital. Indeed, in recent years Stockholm has been undergoing a transportation revolution, Brantmark said.
The investment potential for the Stockholm region has increased by 16 billion Euro in the year that has passed and now amounts to more than 100 billion Euro until 2021. Beside the Stockholm bypass, two major drivers are 180,000 new housing units until 2030 and extension of the subway.