NCC-OHL consortium receives $229m railway contract in Sweden


A consortium comprising UK-based NCC and Spanish company OHL has received a contract to build a new section of railway between Lund and Arlöv in Skåne, Sweden for the Swedish Transport Administration.

The value of the awarded contract is nearly SEK2bn ($229m), and features an option valued at an additional SEK1bn ($114m).

The contract will be carried out in collaboration with Swedish Transport Administration and is expected to be signed at the end of this month.

NCC Infrastructure business area manager Svante Hagman said: “This project is one of several major pending investments in Sweden’s rail network over the coming years.

“By assuming full project responsibility and utilising innovative solutions, we build more infrastructure for the same cost and thereby contribute to the development of tomorrow’s sustainable railway, which is really great to be part of.”

The project will see the consortium build two temporary full-standard railway tracks on the Hjärup to Arlöv section, which is to be used during the railway expansion.

"By assuming full project responsibility and utilising innovative solutions, we build more infrastructure for the same cost and thereby contribute to the development of tomorrow’s sustainable railway."

The deal will also see construction of four new tracks on the Flackarp to Arlöv section, where the railway will be re-designed and lowered into a 5km cutting for part of the section and decked over for the portion that extends through the community of Åkarp.

It also includes the option to build a new section between Lund and Flackarp.

Hagman further added: “This is one of the busiest railway lines in Sweden and minimising disruption during the construction period is crucial, not just for rail passengers but also for road and pedestrian traffic in the area.

“NCC has extensive experience of implementing complex projects in the midst of ongoing operations, and our full project responsibility equips us with an overview of all parts of the project.”

Construction for the project is scheduled to start in the next month and is currently scheduled for completion in December 2023, or the end of 2024 if the contract's option for additional works is exercised.

The project work will be conducted by NCC and OHL under the ‘Lund–Arlöv Fyra spår’ consortium.