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The renovation of the railway through central Stockholm, Getingmidjan

A large part of the railway through central Stockholm was built in the 1950s. Now it needs to be renovated to ensure the long-term reliability, quality and capacity of one of Sweden's most trafficked and utilised stretches.

The Swedish Transport Administration is currently planning this renovation. Works are planned to begin in 2017.

This stretch is an important part of Sweden's railway network. All trains from the south of Sweden pass it. On average, a train will pass every three minutes. If there is an interruption on this stretch for any reason, it affects the rail traffic in all of Sweden.

The Swedish Transport Administration is currently planning the implementation of this project. A number of different perspectives have to be weighed up in the planning. It is not possible to carry out construction without affecting the rail traffic. An important part of the planning therefore involves how to manage the rail traffic during the construction period. During certain periods it will be necessary to close the stretch Stockholm Central Station – Stockholm South, meaning the trains from Göteborg and Malmö will have to turn around at other stations or be diverted.

But the traffic is not the only important aspect of the planning. The railway passes through Riddarholmen, which is home to several historical buildings that are both sensitive and valuable. The planning therefore places a great focus on how to carry out the renovation while keeping these valuable assets protected.

The renovation is planned for the period 2017-2021.