The European Corridor stretches from Stockholm via Jönköping and onwards to Gothenburg and Skåne (from where it continues to Denmark and Germany). New mainlines – with high speed trains – are being planned for the route and will become the new main arteries of an entirely new traffic system encompassing ferries, regional and local railways, buses, bicycles, cars, airplanes and shipping.
These new mainlines will offer vital opportunities for the new growth region of the European Corridor. Almost seven million people live along the corridor in Sweden alone, accounting for 65% of the country’s GNP. The population along the entirety of the European Corridor (from Stockholm to Hamburg) is approximately 20 million.
The expanded European Corridor will have two high-speed railways – Europabanan and Götalandsbanan. Europabanan will run between Stockholm and Hamburg. Götalandsbanan will follow the route of Europabanan from Stockholm to Jönköping, from where it will branch off to Gothenburg.
Europakorridoren AB is a non-profit organisation jointly run by municipalities and regions, as well as other interested industry representatives in Sweden and Germany.
The construction of the new mainlines, while being expensive, will provide enormous benefits. The investment will pay for itself over time and will in all likelihood serve for over a century. This will benefit both society and business, as well as the individual citizen.
More people will enjoy greater choice
When Sweden has its new mainlines, journey times will be dramatically reduced. This will create completely new opportunities for people in the form of considerably greater access to jobs and education. Business will also find it easier to recruit the right staff, who will be free to remain living in rural areas with cheaper accommodation and a better environment.
Long-term sustainable transport
Emissions from trains per person can be counted in micrograms, while for other forms of transport they are counted in kilos. High-speed rail traffic therefore offers enormous advantages without compromising on environmental quality. High-speed trains are fast, safe, efficient and – from an environmental viewpoint – sustainable in a way that no other means of transport can match.