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What is this all about?
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We are now planning how public transport within Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille is to be developed over the next twenty years. Before the decisions are made, we want to know what residents think about the different options available at present. Therefore, over the autumn we implemented a wide-reaching public consultation where the general public could give their views on the future of public transport. The results of that have been worked into the proposal that is now going out for consultation. The Vision has been developed by the Västra Götaland Region, Västtrafik, City of Gothenburg, Mölndal City and Partille Municipal Council.
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Why does public transport have to be developed?
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In 20 years it is estimated that 800,000 people will live and 400,000 work in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille. These people need to be able to get to work, school and leisure pursuits. That is an increase on today of 200,000 residents and 100,000 job opportunities. The demand for simple and reliable public transport will, in other words increase substantially in the future. Major investment in public transport needs to be made so that public transport will work in the future and not tie itself up in a knot.
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Why is there a consultation process?
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In the consultation process, we asked the general public in the Gothenburg area to become involved in a dialogue to establish the basis to make the appropriate decisions when planning public transport for the future. The aim was to get as many different points of view as possible so that we ended up with something that was as good as possible, for as many as possible. The public consultation consisted of several parts. Discussion groups gave deeper insight into what was most important to travellers. This website gave the wider general public the opportunity to easily contribute their views on the development of public transport. Separate consultations were conducted with young people and the disabled - groups that have unique needs and special relationships with public transport. The discussions have therefore focussed on what qualities are most important, such as travel time, price and comfort - but also perceptions of new kinds of public transport.
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Did the public really get a chance to make a difference? Wasn't everything already decided?
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The purpose of the public consultation carried out during the autumn of 2015 was to shape the future of public transport in a way that meets people's needs. Therefore it was central to the work to develop a vision. At the same time, public transport is always a compromise between different needs and interests. But to make these compromises we have to know what the needs and wants are. Now there is also an opportunity to give views regarding the completed proposal. As a private individual you can do this here.
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How does the investment help people in socially deprived areas?
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An investment in public transport is in itself an investment in equality. One of the overall objectives was to facilitate an easy everyday life without cars. An investment in public transport benefits everyone, not least those that do not have access to a car. The proposed investments ties the areas together and creates better conditions for travel between neighbourhoods to work or meet.
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In the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure, the Opera link is indicated as a tramway, but in the Vision it is a bus lane. Why?
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The route City-Gullbergsvass-Gamlestadstorget includes the Opera link, which is indicated in the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure as a tramway. In the investigatory work we came to the conclusion that the Opera link is rather a bus lane prepared for future tramway construction.
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What has Next Stop 2035 and the Vision for city traffic in the greater metropolitan area got to do with the government commission on urban initiatives (the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure)?
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National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure is an assignment from the government to negotiate on the future of the railway network and public transport in the cities of Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg to get more residential property, better job markets and sustainable travel. At the beginning of February, the local authorities in the three metropolitan areas received an offer of co- financing extended public transport that allows new residential property and work places and the number of residential properties that may apply using the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure. The bid focuses on track based public transport and cycle paths, while Gothenburg and Mölndal's documentation for the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure is based on the Vision which also includes investment in cable cars and core and express bus routes. Discussions are now underway within the framework of the work on the Vision to see how the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure bid can be satisfied.



Negotiations are expected to be completed in the autumn of 2017 and then we will know more about what the opportunities The National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure will mean for the local authorities in Västra Götaland and Gothenburg. More information about the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure can be found here.
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What happened to the opinions that I submitted?
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During the winter we have worked the opinions from the autumn's public consultation and the points of view from borough councillors and other parties in the local authorities into the proposals that are now being sent to municipal councils, authorities and other interested parties for official consultation. Other organisations and people are also welcome to submit their replies. The final proposals will be laid out later in the autumn for a decision by the municipal councils in Gothenburg, Mölndal and the Partille and the regional council in the Västra Götaland region.
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Who have been part of the consultation?
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In total there were over 30 focus groups with members of the public, secondary school pupils, business and disability organisations. In addition, 6 300 people responded to the survey in the web consultation last autumn. Borough councillors and other parties in the municipal councils have also given their views.
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Can one still give a point of view?
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Now it is a case of reading the proposal and submitting any points of view regarding the content by 3rd June. After any adjustments, the final proposals will be laid out in the autumn for a decision by the municipal councils in Gothenburg, Mölndal and the Partille and the regional council in the Västra Götaland region. You can submit your opinion at vgregion.se/gmp. Your opinions will then become part of the consultation, diarised and thereby made public.
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When will it be ready?
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The municipal councils in Gothenburg, Mölndal and the Partille and the regional council in the Västra Götaland region will make a decision about the proposal in the autumn. Work on further investigation of proposed action has already started. All parties, and probably also the state and the Swedish Transport Administration will need to take part in order for the development plan to be realised with a view to 2035.
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What does the image with the rings on the map mean?
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One of the issues that is highlighted by the participants in the consultation is the need for new cross connections to link the city together better, shorten journeys and avoid having to go into the city just to change. A new network structure with an intermediate ring and an inner city ring is in the proposal. At the same time that it will be faster to travel directly between different parts of the greater metropolitan area, there will be less pressure on the most central parts of the city. The transverse routes connect the other local and regional public transport in regional gateways and inner city gateways sited along the intermediate and inner city rings.
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Is there a link between urban development and public transport?
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Public transport must be used to strengthen structures, link the city together, allow an increase in density and enrich the urban environment. To improve public transport times and at the same time minimise the effect on other traffic, the core network routes will be divided into prioritised routes and integrated routes. In the prioritised routes, public transport has priority, but in the integrated routes public transport has the same priority as other types of traffic.
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Which travel methods are included in the plans?
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The most important conclusion is that the necessary quality and capacity can be achieved by building on the present types of traffic, but it requires major investment and new traffic concepts for buses. Cable cars are the only completely new type of traffic proposed in the Vision. Trams will continue to be a foundation of the city transport. They have a high capacity and are already expanded. The same applies to the trunk bus concept which must be further developed to version 2.0. One new feature is the express bus concept which follows the theory ”think subway, take a bus” and also includes station like stops and hubs mainly on existing traffic routes.
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How would cable cars work in Gothenburg?
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The cable cars that are planned for Gothenburg are part of the public transport system. They are effective solutions for crossing rivers, valleys and mountains, motorway routes and other types of barriers. Cable cars are separated from other traffic, operationally safe and have low operating costs compared to other types of public transport. A cable car has a capacity that is the equivalent of a tram line and very high frequency of departures around the clock. The gondolas travel at 25 km/h and have space for up to 25 passengers, and also for bicycles. They have three cables for high comfort and safety. Typically, they are also have a much shorter planning and construction time than other infrastructure.
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What will the investment cost?
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In total the Vision's expansion of infrastructure is estimated to cost 25–30 billion SEK. This can be roughly divided into tramway 7–8 billion SEK, core network bus 2–3 billion SEK, express network bus including stations 10–12 billion SEK, cable cars approx. 3 billion SEK, and hubs and commuter parking 3–4 billion SEK.
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What benefits will the investment bring?
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In addition to the fact that more people will be able to travel using public transport, the journey times in the core network will be reduced by an average of 20-25 %. Public transport will be more reliable and comfortable, it will be easier to get to school and work, the city centre will be less congested and the whole city will be more accessible to more residents. It will create good conditions for easy everyday life without cars. In a more closely connected metropolitan area the need for cars both the need for cars and the space required for car traffic is reduced. The car will be a complement to public transport, walking and cycling instead of the other way around.
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