New types of traffic, new links between parts of the city and faster public transport. In brief, this is what proposals for future public transport in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille entail.
For two years now Västra Götaland Region, Västtraffik, the City of Gothenburg, Mölndal and the municipality of Partille have been working to develop a common vision for the future of public transport in the area. It is high time, as it is estimated that the region will have 200,000 more residents and 100,000 more jobs by the year 2035.
” Next Stop 2035, the public consultation process we carried out in the autumn of 2015, confirms that trips must be faster, there is a need for more links between different part of the city and that people are open to new forms of public transport, such as cable cars,” says Jörn Engström, Project Manager in the Västra Götaland region.
The proposal will now be referred to municipalities and local authorities before politicians reach a decision on what are to be the goals and objectives at the end of the year.
Proposed measures will be investigated further and an action plan, divided into in several stages, will form the basis for negotiations and decisions on funding and implementation.
All in all, the proposals regarding infrastructure construction will cost between 25 and 30 billion SEK, and several decisions will need to be taken in the future after goals have been finalised.
The proposal and results of the consultation process are available, as summaries and in full, at next stop2035.se.
Welcome to a meeting to discuss proposals for the future of public transport!
Are you a business person, a politician, journalist or student – or simply interested?
Welcome to the Information meeting in Älvrummet,Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 17:00 – 18:30.
New forms of public transport in the future:
- Cable cars to cross the river Göta and other barriers smoothly and efficiently
- Express buses with dedicated bus lanes along main roads and upgraded (Bus Rapid Transit, BRT) bus stops, possibly with self-driving electric vehicles (with accompanying personnel).
- BRT buses, version 2.0, mark a further development of today’s current BRT system.
- Some faster sections of tram tracks, along with some new sections.
More suggestions for future developments, for example:
- The Inner City Circle, made up of a new tram route on Norra Älvstranden from Frihamnen to Lindholmen, a new cross-river bus route from Lindholmen to Stigberget and on to Linnéplatsen, which will increase reliability and shorten travel times
- Three cable cars lines over the river – crossing transport barriers
- The Allé link: New tram line from Haga to Polhemsplatsen – will relieve Brunnsparken
- Inter-City Circle route for express buses from Mölndal to Frölunda Torg, over the Älvsborg Bridge to Lindholmen and on to Partille – creating links and facilitating the construction of housing.
- BRT section, prepared for tram traffic and feeding Vårväderstorget and Backa – will increase reliability and link suburban areas
- Tram hub Mölndal-Åbro, will facilitate the construction of housing and increase accessibility of workplaces in Åbro.
- New and upgraded BRT section: Toltorpsdalen, Kallebäck-Gårda-Svingeln, City-Gullbergsvass- Gamlestadstorget and Partille–Bergsjön–Angered, will facilitate building of housing, and link suburban areas.
Many results from these developments:
- 75 per cent increased capacity in public transport system
- 20 to 25 per cent shorter journey times with the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system
- There will be 80,000 fewer cars on the roads- the equivalent to a reduction of 24,000 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions, noise reduction, and more.
- Better links between different parts of the city
Information about the Cable Car lines
The green light for continued work on cable cars
11 February, 2016
Gothenburg’s Transport Committee today decided to give the City’s Urban Transport Administration the responsibility for starting the planning process and the preparatory stages for the construction of the proposed cable car line. In parallel there will run a political decision-making process, which will last until the summer. At that time the City Council is expected to take a decision on the cable car line.
Today’s decision from the Transport Committee means that Urban Transport Administration’s study, Cable cars across the river in 2021, will now be sent out for consultation. At the same time, Gothenburg Urban Transport Administration has been given the task of working with the planning process for the construction of a cable car line. It will act as a cross-city transport link, in line with the proposal in the study to select transport solutions.
“We need to work hard this spring to have a cable car operating in 2020. With today’s decision in the Transport Committee we can begin more detailed planning, pending a decision from the City Council this summer,” says Per Bergström Jonsson, Project Manager for Establish Cable Cars in Gothenburg, and who works at Gothenburg’s Urban Transport Administration
Preparations for the 400th anniversary
The original idea for cable cars across the river came from Gothenburg residents. The project is a part of the city’s 400th anniversary celebrations in 2021.
” It was a good idea, which turned out to be great, ” says Emma Josefson, Traffic Planner at Gothenburg’s Urban Transport Administration.
The cable car line is planned to act as a complement to existing public transport, and will be used to cross and overcome barriers, like the river Göta and motorways.
Lines that link neighbourhoods
” Cable cars make cross-city travel possible and they connect neighbourhoods that have previously been difficult to link together. For this reason, this decision is in line with the City’s goal of building a city of similar size to Gothenburg on the north bank of the river, ” says Emma Josefson.
The first proposed section of the cable car line has been given the working name, the purple line, and it is proposed to run between Järntorget och Wieselgrensplatsen. This stretch has four stations and goes via Lindholmen and Lundby. There are two additional proposals for crossings over the river, terminating in north-east Gothenburg.
Short facts about the proposal
- The cost of investment: approximately SEK 1 billion (850-1050 million SEK).
- Operating and maintenance costs: 40-50 million SEK per year.
- Technical lifetime: about 30 years.
- Capacity: The number of passengers per hour is equal to a tram line (more than 2,000 passengers per direction per hour).
- Frequency: Cable cars are expected to leave at 45 second intervals.
- Speed: 20-25 kilometres per hour.
- Height: The cable cars are expected to run 40-50 metres up in the air. The towers are expected to be approximately 70 metres high.