Kartläggning av personal med järnvägsspecifik kompetens knuten till svensk infrastruktur för spårburen trafik: delrapport 2 av 3 i projektet ”Prognosmodell för framtida kompetens- och resursbehov knutet till svensk infrastruktur för spårburen trafik”


The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has increased the budget for railway operation and maintenance by 47 % for 2018–2029, compared to the previous period. The provision of public transport is increasing as existing lines are expanding and due to the construction of new railway, tram and metro track infrastructure. To ensure the realisation of these infrastructure projects, the railway industry will require a certain amount of competence and resources. The trade organisation, the Swedish Construction Federation (Sveriges Byggindustrier) forecasted a shortage of 1 700 railway workers within track technology, electric technology, signalling technology and tele operations in the coming years, suggesting that the realisation of future infrastructure projects could become challenging.

This report is the second of three deliveries from a research project with the purpose to provide a practical model to forecast the required resources and competences for future railway infrastructure in Sweden. The project is performed by The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), financed by, and in cooperation with The Swedish Transport Administration. The composition of competence and age for personnel within construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure is depicted in this report. The information and data in this report is basis for the prognosis of competences and resources required in the future. Private agents (railway contractors and consultant companies) and public agents (infrastructure managers for regional and local transportation) in Sweden are included in this study. In addition, railway specific educational programs and courses at upper secondary school, polytechnical- and university levels, currently offered in Sweden are presented.



Gender and diversity in biking workshop

VTI and the University of Copenhagen are holding an online workshop on gender and diversity in biking. 

World Conference on Transport Research Society – Webinar

Karolina Isaksson, senior researcher at VTI, is holdning a presentation based on ongoing research into the power dynamics affecting the integration of climate policy goals in Swedish national transport planning.

TInnGO Multistakeholder forum

Researchers from VTI are attending discussing the challenges of using an intersectional approach in transport research and pose possible solutions for researchers and policy makers wishing to adopt intersectionality.



Comprehensive expertise of VTI researchers contributes to EU research

The EU project ADAS&ME, to date the largest project coordinated by VTI, has recently reached completion. Simultaneously, VTI was involved in the launch of the largest European project of its kind, SHOW, established to demonstrate future concepts for...


Governing smart mobility to achieve broader sustainability goals

K2 researchers Alexander Paulsson and Claus Hedegaard Sørensen have edited an anthology, Shaping smart mobility futures: governance and policy instruments in times of sustainability transitions, showing the complexity of governing smart mobility and the...


Electric scooters are making their way into the accident statistics

The number of accidents involving electric scooters has increased from a few in 2017 to almost 500 in 2019 (January - October). This was also when electric scooters really made their entrance into Sweden's largest cities.


How can the bus trip be improved for people with ADHD?

People with autism, ADHD and other neuropsychiatric disorders may experience difficulties in using public transport, which limits their opportunities for an active life in terms of school, work and hobbies.


Evolution Road – new electric road tested both inside and out

In the beginning of May, the next-generation electric road was inaugurated in the city of Lund in southern Sweden. Ground based conductive charging technology will be tested on a kilometre long stretch of electric road in the bus lane in Getingevägen. This...


Additional policy instruments are needed to achieve Swedish environmental quality objectives for maritime transport

Achieving the national and international environmental objectives for maritime airborne emissions requires a combination of new and more powerful policy instruments. The policies already in place are not enough. This is one of the conclusions of a research...