Electrify more

The Swedish Transport Administration is going to build one of the world’s first permanent electric roads, as one element of the objective to reduce emissions from heavy traffic.

The new electric road, which will run between Hallsberg and Örebro on the E20, will be taken into operation in 2025. This initiative is just the first step in a long-term strategy; the Swedish Transport Administration is already planning to add another 3,000 sq.m. to enable the charging of electrified vehicles while travelling.

Whichever solution is used will depend on continued technical developments as well as on which international standard will apply in future.

The transport sector accounts for one third of Sweden’s greenhouse gas emissions. This means that the new electric road is one of the key initiatives in achieving the goal of reducing emissions from transport by 70% within a ten-year period, thereby also helping to meet the EU’s climate goals.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

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Sustainable Development

The way forward for Wales

Over ten years in the making, the Welsh Government’s new surface course specification centres around stone mastic asphalt (SMA) and hopes to significantly increase the service life of the road surface materials.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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