The East Link Project is approximately 160 km long and will be planned for trains travelling at high speeds. The East Link line stretches from Järna in the municipality of Södertälje to Linköping.
Purpose of The East Link Project
- Shorter travel time
- Greater capacity in the railway system
- Regional expansion – greater possibilities to commute to work, studies and leisure activities
Connects up with existing and future rail network
The East Link connects up with the existing main lines in Järna, Norrköping and Linköping, so that it will be possible to operate the same train the whole way from, for example, Stockholm to Copenhagen. The East Link is also a part of a future high-speed railway from Stockholm via Jönköping to Göteborg (Gothenburg) or to Malmö/Copenhagen.
New transit hubs
Five stations for embarking and disembarking are planned along the East Link Project. At the village Vagnhärad, in the municipality of Trosa, a new transit hub is to be constructed immediately north of the community.
At Nyköping, one route is planned to continue directly to Skavsta Airport, where a station is planned, and a secondary line which will run via the centre of Nyköping, where a new transit hub will be built. In Norrköping and Linköping, new transit hubs are planned to be sited in somewhat different locations than they are today, but still centrally within the cities.
Investments in freight transport
When the fast passenger trains move to the East Link, there will be more capacity for transport on goods trains on the Southern and Western Main Lines. The East Link Project entails almost a doubling in the number of railway tracks between the regions of Mälardalen and Östergötland. It provides better possibilities for diverting traffic, so that the rail system will be less sensitive to disruptions on certain individual tracks.
With the East Link Project, travel and transportation can be moved on to the railways from other modes of transport that discharge higher emissions into the environment.