January 24, 2017

Lund light rail construction to start next month

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THE Swedish city of Lund will launch construction of its first modern light rail line on February 15, when a groundbreaking ceremony will be held outside the University of Lund Faculty of Engineering.

The 5.5km nine-station double-track line will connect Lund Central station with Science Village, serving employment centres and research institutions in the northeast of city.

The budget for infrastructure is SKr 776m ($US 87.8m) with a further SKr 175m for rolling stock and SKr 180m for the line's depot. Last year Skanska Sweden was awarded a contract to design and build the line’s infrastructure.

Services will be operated by a fleet of seven 30m-long low-floor LRVs which will be 2.65m wide and capable of accommodating up to 130 passengers (at 2 passengers m2).

The project is due to be completed by 2019 and extensions to Dalby and Staffanstorp are proposed in the longer-term.

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