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North Bothnia Line

The North Bothnia Line is a new coastal railway line between Umeå-Luleå. It will increase the ease of travel and the transportation of goods throughout Sweden.

Planning and construction is underway for the North Bothnia Line, a new 270-kilometre railway line between Umeå and Luleå. The North Bothnia Line is intended to strengthen the country’s rail freight traffic and enable passenger traffic between the cities along the Norrland coast. Studies are currently in progress for the various subsections and construction has commenced on parts of the line.

The positive effects, once the North Botnia line is completed, will be considerable. It will enable faster, safer and more environmentally friendly travel and transport. Estimates reveal the line will be cutting transport costs of freight traffic by 30 percent and halve travelling times for passengers, greatly improving conditions for commuting.

The assessment is that the North Bothnia Line will create conditions for sustainable economic development, improved competitiveness for industry and trade, and positive regional development for the benefit of the entire country. Also, the new railway line is expected to lead to considerable climate and environmental benefits – CO2 emissions, for example, are estimated to be reduced by about 80 000 tons per year.