The West Swedish Agreement
New resident arrive in the Region daily, with new ideas and experiences but expectations of a well-functioning society. To facilitate this expansion Gothenburg is being developed as a hub with better accessibility for those living in nearby towns, villages and countryside. Infrastructure improvements are key to this enhance accessibility with the West Swedish Agreement playing a vital role.
The West Swedish Agreement allows the Region to expand sustainably. It is one of the largest investments ever in public transport systems, such as roads, railways and cycle paths. This will result in a region where residents have a greater choice in where they live and work. It will make new areas accessible for commuting both for work and studying. Residents and visitors alike will have enhanced accessibility to the Region’s coastline, countryside as well as a host of entertainment, leisure and cultural amenities. Thus enhancing quality of life for all.
What is included in the Agreement?
The West Swedish Agreement includes a host of improvements to public transport systems – railways, roads and cycle paths. Combining different modes of transport will be easier with improved traffic information and new parking facilities for cars and bicycles. As part of the improvements new footpaths and cycle paths have been built, roads have been widened and noise barriers have been created. The West Swedish Agreement is improving travel within the region now and for many years to come.
Enhancing travel choices within the region will help West Sweden retain and enhance what it can offer in the future, as well as caring for the environment. Several kilometres of bus lanes in and around Gothenburg will cut journey time and enhance reliability – more buses will come on time. More seats and longer trains will be able to run along the most popular commuter routes, Alingsås – Gothenburg Central – Kungsbacka. All in all taking public transport will be more reliable and comfortable.\r\n
Trains are a rapid, efficient and environmentally friendly way of travelling. West Link is a dual-track rail tunnel running under the centre of Gothenburg that can double the number of trains per day. New stations at Gothenburg Central, Haga and Korsvägen will reduce pressure on overground forms of transport and allow for shorter journey times. These stations will be hubs for future development and are due for completion in 2026.
The new bridge over Göta Älv – Hisingsbron
The Göta Älv Bridge will be replaced by a new bridge – Hisingsbron. The new bridge will be lower to make it easier to walk and cycle over it as well as having a smaller footprint to facilitate future growth.
The Marieholm Tunnel will be an additional crossing over the Göta Älv which will relieve pressure on the congested Tingsta Tunnel. A further river crossing for cars and lorries will make the road system less vulnerable to delays. All major motorways within Gothenburg will use the new Marieholm Tunnel thus reducing disruption on local roads. The tunnel is expected to be opened in 2020.
The Gamlestaden Hub will allow commuters and residents to change mode of transport between bike, tram, train and bus. The area will become the focus of development.
The West Swedish Agreement will cost an estimated SEK 34 billion (2009 figure). Central government will cover half the cost whilst the remainder will be funded locally and regionally, partly through the congestion charge system.
Benefits of the West Swedish Agreement
- Easier to commute to work or place of study once the public transport system has been expanded.
- Enhanced traffic information systems will make it simpler to combine travel to work by car and commuter train.
- An improved environment with less noise and cleaner air and water if more people travel by bus and train.
- Companies will acquire better access to labour and the right skills base as new opportunities to commute will be opened up for those living in the region.
- New companies will be attracted to West Sweden.
- There will be greater opportunity to choose where you live if travel to work or your place of study becomes quicker and more convenient.
- Improved access to the wide range of activities, events and culture in West Sweden.