The North Bothnia Line is a new railway between Umeå and Luleå. The 270-km stretch begins where the Bothnia Line ends, and completes the coastal railway along the coast of northern Sweden. The North Bothnia Line will be part of the Barents Link, connecting Europe by joining the Swedish and Finnish rail systems.
More than half of North Bothnia Line benefits from efficient freight transport for existing businesses. Northern Sweden has many heavy industries that account for a large share of the country’s net export value, both directly and indirectly through processing in the central and southern parts of Sweden.
Through the North Bothnia Line, the export-intensive industries skirting the Gulf of Bothnia will have considerably improved transport facilities at their disposal.
The North Bothnia Line shortens distances, and increases capacity and speed, reducing transport costs. By shrinking the region through improved infrastructure, a larger market for labour and education is achieved. The system of rapid rail links will allow commuting between the coastal towns – while facilitating communications between the inland and coast.
For passenger transport, the North Bothnia Line lead halved journey times between the coastal towns. This gives better recruitment opportunities for businesses and increased choice for people.
The North Bothnia Line project has opened with a feasibility study that aims to answer a number of questions. These include:
What needs does The North Bothnia Line fulfil and what is the increase in value to the region?
Will the railway be profitable for the national economy? What is the role of The North Bothnia Line from a national and international perspective?
What possible financing options are there? How do we proceed towards implementation?
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