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Environmental issues in the West Link project have been examined in several steps

On 15 February the Swedish Transport Administration submitted an application for a permit in accordance with the Environmental Code for the West Link project and the Olskroken grade separation.

On 15 February the Swedish Transport Administration submitted an application for a permit in accordance with the Environmental Code for the West Link project and the Olskroken grade separation.

The Land and Environment Court will now examine under what conditions we may construct the projects. The conditions include, for example, groundwater removal, noise, vibration and the discharge of water.

Environmental issues in the West Link project have been examined in several steps. In the government's permit from June 2014 there are environmental conditions concerning the cultural environment, transport, energy use and control programmes for surface water and groundwater. The railway plan also includes an environmental impact assessment that regulates how the ground may be used. The application which has now been submitted concerns additional conditions that regulate environmental activities during construction.

The overall objective of environmental work before, during and after the construction period is to protect the surrounding area outside the plant from consequences and to prevent or reduce environmental impact in general. The environmental judgement application we have now submitted includes:

  • A technical description of how we can build the West Link in different scenarios and what protective measures we can take to prevent or reduce the risk of any damage.
  • The memo on Hydrogeology describes current conditions and shows the possible impact of the project when we drain away groundwater.
  • An environmental impact assessment describing the conditions, impact and consequences.
  • Six control programmes, containing proposals for how to maintain client liability through checks during and after the construction phase.

Now that the application has been submitted to the Land and Environment Court in Vänersborg, the case is completely in the hands of the court. It is thus the court that sends the application for circulation and comments, and invites and processes viewpoints from parties concerned.