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The East Link journey continues: Meet Malin Holen

A week has now passed since I took up my new post as Project Director for the East Link Project. I have immediately been struck by how much work is going on, and the enormous interest that Ostlänken is attracting from the world around.

Our first step on the way to a new generation railway is very engaging, that's for sure! So it's just as well to take the most important aspects first. Because even if I'm new to the job, the project assignment remains the same. Our project weekday is largely about preparing for start of construction in 2017, and in making it possible for the East Link to be able to open for traffic – with high-speed standard – in 2028. Here in lies a major challenge, to prepare for production without at the same time losing focus on the design work. Because it is now, in our design, that we are creating the preconditions for a reliable construction period and a sustainable railway installation for the future.

My most important driving forces are the possibility to be involved in creating benefits to society and in contributing to social development. I am also convinced that it is through cooperation between different parties that the best solutions for the East Link come to the fore. During by first period at the East Link Project I therefore intend to give priority to meetings with our suppliers and the municipalities concerned. Later this autumn, Transport Administration supplier days will be held when I look forward to meeting the market's players in my new role. For me, all these meetings will be an important foundation for the continued work.

If we talk about Sweden's largest infrastructure project we come quickly on to the question of costs. Our forecast is still SEK 55 billion at the 2015 price level. The figure that was quoted in the media, SEK 70 billion, is taken from a report on planned construction start-ups that the Swedish Transport Administration submitted to the government. In the report it is stated that the cost is not based on a fixed price level but that it will be a current index up until 2028, when the line will opened to traffic.

The fact that the government wants the costs reported with a current index weto be able to see how large a share one individual project will take of the annual economic framework that the Swedish Transport Administration is awarded. In other words, the East Link but it is more a question of whether the costs have been specified in different price levels.

Have a good time until you hear from me again!

Malin Holen