The King opens the Bana Väg infrastructure project
The King opens the new double track section between Mjölby and Motala at Skänninge commuter rail station. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
On Wednesday 9 October, The King opened the Motala-Mjölby section of the Bana Väg infrastructure project. The project will improve safety and accessibility, and will open up new opportunities for the region.
In the morning, The King arrived at Skänninge commuter rail station, where the first opening ceremony of the project and the day took place. The King was welcomed by Minister for Communications and Regional Policy Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, County Governor of Östergötland County Elisabeth Nilsson, Director General of the Swedish Transport Administration Gunnar Malm and Mjölby Municipal Commissioner Cecilia Vilhelmson.
During The King's opening speech at Skänninge commuter rail station. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
The King gave a speech, after which he cut the ribbon. In his opening speech, The King said:
"Construction of the railway between Motala and Mjölby began in November 1871. After almost two years, 90 km of track had been laid and the section was opened by my great-great-grandfather, King Oscar II. The railway that is being opened today has double tracking, a new commuter rail station at Skänninge, a refurbished station at Motala and new railway bridges over the River Motala and the Göta Canal. These improved communications will create the ideal conditions for continued regional social development, with growing labour market regions."
After the ceremony, lunch was served in the King Oscar Room at Skänninge Stadshotell.
The King then travelled by veteran car cortège to Motala Town Park.
The King and County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson on Motala Bridge, where the veteran car cortège stopped on its way to Motala. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
After arriving at Motala Town Park, the second opening ceremony of the day was held. The King gave a speech and cut the ribbon to declare Motala Bridge and Route 50 open. In his speech, The King said:
"The major Bana Väg Motala-Mjölby project has now improved conditions for rail traffic on the freight section through Bergslagen. At the same time, a new stretch of Route 50 has opened between Mjölby and Motala. This will be of great significance, not only locally and regionally, but also in terms of national and international transport."
The construction of the new Motala Bridge took three years. The 620 metre long bridge is made from steel and concrete. The total height of the bridge is 27 metres above the water level, and the vertical clearance is 22 metres. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
About the Bana Väg Motala-Mjölby projectThe new road and double track railway between Motala and Mjölby will improve safety and accessibility, and will open up new opportunities for the region. Route 50 is an important transport link between the Bergslag region and the E4 motorway, with links to southern Sweden and the Continent. Routes 32 and 50 are also important for regional traffic and commuting to and from Motala, Vadstena and Ödeshög.