In order to reduce the noise disturbances from the railway traffic, approximately 5 kilometers of the tracks will be lowered, 6 meters through Åkarp and 4 meters through Hjärup. Through Arlöv and on the stretch from Hjärup to Lund, the tracks run at surface level.
In Arlöv, Burlöv Station is being upgraded to a commuter station, which means that "Pågatåg" (commuter trains) and Öresundstågen (trains that cross the Öresund) will stop at the station in the future. The stations at Åkarp and Hjärup are being upgraded and a brand new station is being built at Klostergården. The project also includes a reconstruction of the motorway bridges at the Alnarp interchange.
Temporary tracks during the construction period
Rail traffic on the Southern Main Line must not be affected during the construction period. In order to be able to build the four new tracks but at a lower level, in the same place as the two current tracks, the rail traffic needs to be rerouted. Therefore, two temporary tracks have been built alongside the existing tracks through Åkarp and Hjärup. On other parts of the route, two new tracks are being built alongside the existing tracks. When the new tracks are ready, the old tracks will be upgraded.
Extension in stages
The track between Malmö Central and Lommavägen in Arlöv has already been upgraded to four tracks. The part that is now being built is the extension from Arlöv to Ringvägen, south of Lund's central station. The work is carried out in two parts, on the one hand the 8 kilometer stretch between Flackarp and Arlöv, and on the other hand the 3 kilometers from Flackarp to Lund.
The Southern Main Line is one of Sweden’s most important railway lines for both international and national transportation. The Southern Main Line is part of the Trans European Network (TEN), which is the European network for cross-border high-speed rail transportation.