What is your background, and how did you end up working on the West Link?
I trained as an engineer at Chalmers, and since graduating I've worked on and with various building and construction projects. This has involved everything from working at ports and airports to roundabouts and shaft repairs. I've mainly worked as a construction or project manager – a role that I'm very comfortable with.
What does your role in the West Link project involve?
The Government's decision to grant permission included a number of conditions, one of which relates to dealing with surplus materials. My role within the project is to coordinate these surplus materials, which involves for example arranging reception sites for the surplus materials resulting from the construction of the West Link.
We're currently working to identify suitable locations for the uncontaminated materials. An agreement has already been signed, but we haven't reached the finish line yet. We sold the rock masses last year, and the contaminated soil and clay masses are being sent to companies that specialise in dealing with these. Weighing enables us to check that the various surplus materials end up in the right place and are dealt with correctly.
What is the biggest challenge involved in the West Link from your perspective?
Building in an urban environment! It isn't easy carrying out building and construction projects without having an impact on the city and on city life. That's why it's so important that all the parties coordinate their efforts during the construction period so there's as little impact as possible.
From my perspective, this involves identifying good transport routes to and from the reception sites. Here, many different factors come into play. Accessibility should be as good as possible during the construction period, and the road classifications determine where we can drive and how much we can load onto the lorries.
How do you solve the challenge?
Through dialogue and cooperation with various internal and external parties. We work on finding good road routes together with those who deal with traffic issues at Trafikverket and the city. I'm in constant dialogue with each contractor to synchronise transportation and transport routes, with the different stages into which the construction work is divided. Of course, this information also needs to be communicated to the contractors and monitored so that everyone involved is on the same page.
What's the best thing about your job?
The fact that the route towards the end objective wasn't clearly marked out in advance. We've had setbacks along the way, and things haven't always gone to plan. We've been forced to re-think options and study other alternatives, such as transporting materials by barge, boat or train. Creative solutions have been encouraged throughout, and now all that remains is to find reception sites for some of the uncontaminated materials!
How do you unwind?
I've played football all my life, but I don't play as much at the moment. I enjoy watching football to unwind – you can easily get into the match and get away from work for a while. I'm also doing the Swedish Classic Circuit, which involves completing the Vasaloppet cross-country skiing race, the Vätternrundan cycling race, the Vansbrosimmet swimming race and the Lidingöloppet cross-country running race in 12 months. I did the skiing race earlier this year, and the cycling race is next on the list.
Do you talk about the West Link much in your spare time?
Not often, but it has happened at times when meeting with friends and family.