We in the West Link: Here, Magnus Eriksson, Sub-project Manager for the West Link Project, talks about his role in the project.
What is your background and how did you end up working on the West Link Project?
I'm relatively new and began working the West Link Project in November 2015. Basically, I'm a civil engineer and at the same time I hold a Doctorate in Soil and Rock Mechanics. Before joining the West Link Project team I had been working on underground construction works, for example tunnels and rock caverns, since 1993.
What does your role in connection with the West Link Project involve?
My role in the West Link Project is to serve as sub-project Manager for the Korsvägen construction contract. Korsvägen is the southernmost part of the West Link Project and extends from the middle of the rock tunnel between Haga and Korsvägen out towards Almedal. At Almedal, the link will then connect with the Borås Line and the West Coast Line. Being a sub-project manager involves numerous different tasks. At the moment, we are working on the preparation of tender enquiry documents for procurement of the construction contract for the Korsvägen and Haga construction work.
It is important to keep together all the works that are to be carried out under the contracts and to ensure that nothing is overlooked. My role also includes a significant amount of cooperation with the City authorities, various companies and at the same time being available for the general public and answering their questions.
What is the greatest challenge associated with the West Link Project from your point of view?
The greatest challenge in my opinion is to make sure that the city functions smoothly throughout the construction stage. And this is especially important in the case of Korsvägen. At Korsvägen there is a mixture of heavy traffic, and at the same time there are major events and activities that attract many visitors: Liseberg, Universum, the World Culture Museum, the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothia Towers – the list can be made very long.
Ensuring that everything runs smoothly and flexibly requires considerable effort on our part as well as on our contractors, who are to construct the facilities. The tender enquiry documents that we are currently drawing up together with our consultant have to be so good and so clear that the contractors can set about building the West Link in a way that entails as few disruptions as possible for the city, the general public and passengers.
What is the most enjoyable part of your work?
The cooperation with all my colleagues and other individuals in the project. Being able to meet people with other skills than my own and the fact that we together work out good solutions and a well-functioning facility. The West Link is a technically exciting project that will mean a lot for the development of the City of Gothenburg and the region as a whole.
What do you do in your spare time?
I spend time with my family and friends. I practise and have competed in judo. I don't take part in competitions so much nowadays but instead I spend quite a lot of time on learning to be a referee. In this way, I can contribute to the sport and continue still be involved.
Do you talk a lot about the West Link Project in your free time?
Yes, quite often. When I tell people I work in the West Link Project, a lot of them become very curious and ask me lots of questions.