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Stockholm-Hamburg roundtrip is a national interest

Sweden is practically an island. To get out in the world need to take the boat or plane or train through Denmark. But our neighbour is a förarglig bottleneck. Denmark is a small country that is content to rough around with the regional trains, while both Germany and Sweden have a considerably larger surface area, the export industry and population and therefore need more powerful tågtrafiklösningar.

Tågmarknaderna is also national, with different rules and technical systems. Only a few purpose-built X2000 and so-called) can run over the bridge without problems, and it is complicated to buy a train ticket from Sweden to the continent.

the big things. The tunnel under the Fehmarn belt – with basically the same route as the ferry line Rødby–Puttgarden – has finally got the go-ahead and will be completed by 2028. Then you will be able to make the train journey from Hamburg to Malmö/Copenhagen in less than three hours.

This will have huge positive effects for the storregion with 11.5 million inhabitants, which then are tied together, says the mayors of the three cities in the DN Debate (20/3). The labour market then becomes, with even the geographically much larger, making it easier for employers to find the right skills and for people to stay in one place and work in another. Exchanges between countries will also increase.

It is not just a regional project, but on an international.

But jätteinvesteringen between Germany and Denmark is not only an important addition for those who live in the south of Sweden. The Fehmarn belt link will be seen as a link in the rail corridor that is planned in EUROPE from Stockholm to Naples. It is not just a regional project, but on an international.

well-functioning rail traffic through Europe is a precondition for higher economic growth, but also to reduce emissions and congestion on the roads.

Major efforts need to be made also in Sweden. In januariavtalet have S, C, L and MP agreed that the new main lines for high-speed rail will be completed and that the plan for investments in roads and railways on the 700 billion to be completed.

But the DN's review of high speed rail in Europe shows that it is difficult to calculate in advance the costs and societal benefits. In Sweden we have set the price tag to a staggering 230 billion to get the trains whizzing up in the 320 kilometres an hour on a couple of decades. Climate benefits with the high-speed rail is also less than one would hope, and believe, according to the Swedish transport administration's assessment and the researchers ' calculations.

both frustrating and costly to wait years for a completely new high speed rail line. Therefore, it is probably so important to the expansion of the existing southern main line is in progress. On Thursday, the government decided to approve the new / in Lund, which will remove a troublesome passage for both freight and passenger trains.

Also, this type of efforts should be applauded. They are cheaper than to build completely new infrastructure for high-speed trains, and they will strengthen both local and national traffic.

in Addition, you do not check in the traffic solutions that later prove to lead to runaway cost increases or gets left behind by new technology – think electric-powered aircraft, autonomous modules, and so on. But should you bet on the high-speed should do it properly so that it will be state of the art and not half-baked.

Sweden needs to be connected with Europe.

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