The planning process used by Major Projects is not always easy to understand. It is a long process in which we need to go through many different stages before reaching the start of the construction phase.
The West Link is a major project that requires extensive planning. The project is conducted on the basis of statutory planning processes. It is a long and complicated process in which the planning gradually becomes increasingly detailed and many stages need to be implemented before the start of construction. Nor is it only the Swedish Transport Administration that is involved in the process – the question is also dealt with in various ways by, for example, the County Administrative Board, the City of Gothenburg and the Land and Environment Court.
Precisely what the process entails is not always obvious. By including this feature in the Newsletter, we wish to give an insight into the everyday life and work of the project at present time by focusing on various parts of the project organisation.
In order to enable construction of the West Link to proceed as smoothly as possible, we need to perform some preparatory work before construction work commences. At the moment, we are planning together with NCC and WSP to start work on Stage 1 of the utility line reroutings. Stage 1 incudes work in a number of places between Olskroken and Residenset at Stora hamnkanalen along the route of the West Link Project.
In September 2015, the tender enquiry documents for the Centralen Contract were distributed to the prequalified contractors. Now, our procurement staff and project leader have evaluated those tenders that have been submitted. We expect to be able to sign the contract in April 2016.
Environmental Court application
The West Link tunnels will be constructed beneath the groundwater table and in certain cases we will need to drain and enclose water. In order to be able to perform these works, permits will be needed from the Land and Environment Court. This work is now almost finished and we expect to be able to submit our Environment Court application in February 2016.