Prognosmetod för framtida kompetens- och resursbehov knutet till svensk infrastruktur för spårburen trafik: delrapport 1 av 3 i projektet Prognosmodell för framtida kompetens- och resursbehov knutet till svensk infrastruktur för spårburen trafik


The development within railways is driven by an increased demand for sustainable and punctual transportation. The Swedish transport administration (Trafikverket) anticipates a growth in passenger transport work by 54% until 2040 compared to the levels at 2014. Trafikverket’s National plan for the transport system 2018–2029 describes the most comprehensive effort on railway infrastructure in Swedish modern history. This includes for example parts of the new high-speed track network with a planned total length of 1 500 km. Supplementary to this are the actions planned by other Swedish rail infrastructure managers for public transport. The rail sector has highlighted the need for efforts to strengthen the built-up of knowledge and competence in order to accommodate these future needs. For railway technical engineers the shortage in resources is already pronounced and difficult for the track entrepreneurs to handle. In an investigation by the Swedish construction federation (Sveriges Byggindustrier) the manpower shortage in this profession is estimated to 1 700 persons within a few years’ time.

This report forms the outcome from the first work stage in a research project purposed to develop a practically usable model for prediction of future needs of competence and resources associated with Swedish rail-bound infrastructure. The project is led by the Swedish national road and transport research institute (VTI) with financing from, and in collaboration with, Trafikverket. In their roles as owners of large infrastructure facilities for rail-bound transportation the Stockholm county council, the Traffic office of Gothenburg and the Tramways of Norrköping participate in the reference group of the project. The project outcome is expected to be valuable from several different aspects. Amongst others by offering information to educational institutions in sufficient time in advance in order for them to adjust the syllabus and extent in their long-time planning to meet the market needs. Moreover, the predicted results can constitute important grounds to consider in the strategic policy making both in public and private sectors.



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...