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Complex projects cost less than expected

Stockholm City Line was completed 1 per cent over budget. The BanaVäg West project came in exactly on budget, and the Northern Link in Stockholm came in 21 per cent under budget. These are three of the largest infrastructure projects in Sweden since 2011.

Since 2011, the Swedish Transport Administration's major projects – those with a budget of over four billion or involving complicated execution – came in five per cent below budget.
"We are constantly working to improve our cost estimates. One example is the work on the national plan 2018-2029, where we are now more clear about what stage the projects are currently in, and where we present cost intervals to clarify that there are major uncertainties early in the planning. But overall, we have a good cost estimate," says Lennart Kalander, Head of National Planning at the Swedish Transport Administration.

87 billion became 82

The 13 major projects completed since 2011 had a total budget of SEK 87 billion. The final cost, however, came in at 82 billion, five per cent under budget.
The Ådalen Line and E4 Sundsvall were those that most exceeded their budget. Both of these projects came in 3 per cent over the budgeted figure.
The new railway in Kiruna is noteworthy for the opposite reason, where the final cost came in at half the budget.
"A lot can happen in the Transport Administration's large-scale projects that run for a long duration, with changes in conditions such as new legislation and new technology. Nevertheless, in these complex projects we implement such a high level of cost control that, overall, we come in under budget," says Johan Bill, Head of Major Projects at the Transport Administration.

12 out of 13 projects on schedule

Of all 13 projects, all were completed on schedule except for one. The Norrtull-Värtan section in the Northern Link was able to open for traffic one whole year before the scheduled date.
On the other hand, the Ådalen Line was only able to be opened for traffic one year after the scheduled date.

The table below lists all major projects completed since 2011.

Comparison with National Plan 2010-2021 (Price level: 2009 and in SEK million)

Planned traffic recommencement

Actual traffic recommencement

Estimated cost in plan

Outcome

Outcome - deviation from plan

Outcome - deviation from plan in %

Citytunneln i Malmö

Juni 2011

Dec 2010

8 090

7 672

-418

-5%

Partihallsförbindelsen i Göteborg

Dec 2011

Dec 2011

1 779

1 651

-128

-7%

BanaVäg i Väst

Dec 2012

Dec 2012

13 169

13 200

31

0%

Kiruna - Ny järnväg

Okt 2012

Aug 2012

2 002

1 002

-1 000

-50%

Ådalsbanan - Sundsvall - Nyland

Aug 2011

Aug 2012

6 957

7 178

221

+ 3%

BanaVäg Motala - Mjölby

2012/2013

2012/2013

3 976

3 936

-40

-1%

E18 Hjulsta - Kista

Jan 2015

Maj 2014

3 960

3 345

-615

-16%

Norra länken – Norrtull-Värtan

Nov 2015

Nov 2014

11 925

9 375

-2 550

- 21 %

E4 Sundsvall

Dec 2015

Dec 2014

4 094

4 209

115

+3%

Hallandsås (omstart 2003)

Dec 2015

Dec 2015

10 827

11 025

198

+2%

Marieholmsbron

Dec 2016

Dec 2016

1 350

1 285

-65

- 5%

Norra länken – Tomteboda-Nortull

Dec 2017

April 2017

753

595

-158

-21%

Citybanan

Dec 2017

Juli 2017

18 405

18 510

105

+1 %

TOTALT

   

87 287

82 983

-4 304

-5%