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Halland tunnel completed 15 years behind schedule

Transport authorities in the south of Sweden were celebrating this afternoon when construction workers finally completed a railway tunnel through the Halland mountain ridge.

The project began 20 years ago but had to be abandoned in the late 90s when an attempt to stop water leaks into the tunnel with over a thousand tonnes of concrete and other chemicals polluted nearby rivers.

Since the project restarted in 2004 more than 600 workers have laboured almost around the clock with specially designed drilling equipment.

Trains will be able to run through the tunnel in 2015.

“We will be able to increase our traffic from four trains to 24 per hour,” Per Rydberg from the national transport administration told news agency TT.

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