From now through 2035, Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille are projected to experience substantial growth, adding some 200,000 residents and 100,000 new job opportunities. As more and more people choose to travel sustainably, transit services will have to expand. New measures will include a cable car line, Metro buses, and longer carriages, according to a column of 6 February by the Stadstrafikforum Göteborg-Mölndal-Partille in Göteborgs-Posten.
The politicians wrote:
Improving Public Transport in Gothenburg
In the debate on the West Link infrastructure project, the objection was sometimes made that a new railway under the city would not be a solution for public transit. It is true that the West Link alone does not solve the public transit challenges of the future in the Gothenburg area. The West Link does, however, create important benefits that municipal transit can build on. New rail stations at Korsvägen and Haga, for example, will reduce congestion in the area around Brunnsparken.
Substantial growth projected
The municipalities of Göteborg, Mölndal and Partille are set to experience major growth through 2035, adding some 200,000 residents and 100,000 job opportunities. As more and more people choose sustainable transportation, public transit must evolve and expand to meet demand. Our municipal governments are working with Region Västra Götaland and Västtrafik to set the course of that evolution.
Future plans include measures designed to increase passenger capacity by about 75%, shorten travel time in the city by 20–25% on average, and make public transportation simpler, safer and more reliable. Plans include:
- A cable car line linking Järntorget and Wieselgrensplatsen via Lindholmen.
- A tram line for Norra Älvstranden that will cross the Göta River between Lindholmen and Stigberget and continue to Linnéplatsen.
- A new system of Metro (rapid-transit) buses on major arteries, including the Söderleden and Västerleden highways and Mölndal–Göteborg and Partille–Göteborg links.
- Expansion of the core bus line (stombuss) concept.
- Faster tramways, where possible.
- Longer carriages; and eventually, multilevel interchanges.
Brunnsparken is overfull
We also see a need for measures that route traffic away from Brunnsparken and generally speed up travel through central Gothenburg. New lateral links in the transport net are planned to connect city districts and neighbouring municipalities and cut travel time between hubs.
In the fall of 2015, the public consultation Next Stop 2035 solicited opinions on the future of area public transit. Over 7,000 people participated. The results of both the public consultation and a round of responses to the initial report have been incorporated into a proposal to be examined further by a working group this spring. A political decision on the proposal is expected later this year.
Ulrika Frick (MP)
Chair, Transport Board, Region Västra Götaland
Lena Malm (S)
Second Vice-Chair, Transport Board, Region Västra Götaland
Johan Nyhus (S)
Chair, Traffic Board, City of Gothenburg
Axel Josefsson (M)
Second Vice-Chair, Traffic Board, City of Gothenburg
Henrik Munck (MP)
First Vice-Chair, Traffic Board, City of Gothenburg
Marie Östh Karlsson (S)
Chair, Municipal Executive Board, Mölndal
Hans Bergfeldt (M)
Vice-Chair, Municipal Executive Board, Mölndal
Stefan Svensson (M)
Chair, Municipal Executive Board, Partille
Eva Carlsson (S)
Vice-chair, Municipal Executive Board, Partille
Footnote: All are members of the Göteborg–Mölndal–Partille urban traffic forum.