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Solving Stockholm’s bottleneck problem

Issue 1 2013 / 18 February 2013 /

When completed in 2017, the new City Line will double the capacity of rail travel into the centre of Stockholm – ensuring the long-term develop – ment of rail travel and for creating an attractive and efficient public transport system that meets the demands and requirements of the city.

Three million people live and work in Stockholm and the surrounding region. It is a market place for trade with goods and services and a centre for culture and entertainment. Many people comm ute into work from the suburbs and the investments made in the railways around Lake Malar have served to make rail travel an attractive alternative to travelling by car.

The City Line is a €1.85 billion project to build two railway lines beneath the city – a vital project for the long-term development of rail travel and for creating an attractive and efficient public transport system that meets the demands and requirements of the city.

As Stockholm is built on many islands, transport links to and from the centre can be difficult. At present, there are only two railway tracks running through central Stockholm.

As a result, commuter trains, regional trains, long-distance trains and freight trains have to use the same tracks, causing bottlenecks during peak time periods.

Commuter central

A quarter of a million commuters travel by train every day in Sweden and eight out of every ten train journeys either begin or end in Stockholm. This puts enormous pressure on the transport system, with crowded trains and laterunning trains.

Solutions for Stockholm’s rail bottleneck

Issue 2 2008, Past issues / 8 April 2008 /

Some three million people live and work in Stockholm and the surrounding region. It is a market place for trade with goods and services, a centre for culture and entertainment and a meeting place for people from all over the world. Many people also commute between work and their homes in the region, and the investments made in the railways around Lake Malar have served to make the train an attractive alternative to the car. The City Line is a precondition for the long-term development of rail traffic and for creating an attractive and efficient public transport system that meets the demands and requirements of the future.

 

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