The North Bothnia Line is a projected new coastal railway line between Umeå and Luleå that will create possibilities for a number of positive development effects, for Sweden as a whole as well as for the region.
Planning is underway for the North Bothnia Line, a new 270-kilometre railway line between Umeå and Luleå. The North Bothnia Line is intended first of all to strengthen the country’s rail freight traffic, but also to enable passenger traffic between the cities along the Norrland coast. Studies are currently in progress for the various subsections of the line.
The positive effects will be considerable: it will be possible to cut transport costs of freight traffic by 30% and to halve travelling times for passengers, which will make conditions for commuting to work much better than they are today.
The assessment is that the North Bothnia Line will create the conditions for sustainable economic development, improved competitiveness for industry and trade, and positive regional development for the benefit of the entire country. 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.
The present situation
All railway studies have been completed. The Swedish Transport Administration is currently working on railway plans for the section between Umeå and Skellefteå, and is set to begin construction on the section between Umeå and Dåva in 2018.