Menu

The Vision - a proposal for
the public transport of the future

It is calculated that in 2035 the greater metropolitan area of Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille will have more than 800,000 residents and nearly 400,000 people in work. This means that public transport must be developed and expanded. Therefore "Vision for city traffic in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille 2035" has been developed. It is a proposal for what the public transport could look like in the future and has been developed in consultation with different sections of society – the general public, organisations, business and the local authorities. Below you can read a summary of the main points of the public consultation. If you wish to read the whole report, it can be found at the bottom of the page

Main concept: Faster around than through

To rationalise and create better flow in public transport, two ”rings” are created. The inner city ring consists of a tram line that improves accessibility and movement in public transport in central Gothenburg. The intermediate ring consists of an express bus network along existing traffic routes with station like stops and gives shorter travel times between places outside the inner city. The rings reduce the traffic in the inner city and City because there is no need to travel to Brunnsparken, for example, just to change. Higher capacity and shorter journey times, quite simply.

The express concept can be described as a subway above ground, with station like stops and separate lanes.

What does this mean
for us residents?

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.

Public transport 2035

Cable car

Cable car is a collective term for different types of system for personal transport with modules or gondolas suspended from wires. It is a well-established technology that is now...

Read more

Cable car is a collective term for different types of system for personal transport with modules or gondolas suspended from wires. It is a well-established technology that is now being implemented in urban environments as a public transport solution, particularly for crossing rivers, valleys, motorway routes and other types of barriers. Cable cars are separated from other traffic, operationally safe, have low operating costs compared to other types of transport and have high frequency of departures around the clock.

In Gothenburg, extended planning work is underway to install a cable car from Järntorget to Wieselgrensplatsen, via Lindholmen and Lundby, which should be in use by 2021. It is one of several routes being studied, three of which are included in the Vision. Different types of business model and responsibility are being evaluated. Studies have shown that a high capacity can be achieved for a relatively low investment and operating cost. The cable cars that are planned in Gothenburg will use three cables for stable travel, have room for about 25 passengers and wide doors to allow a smooth journey for wheelchairs and people with luggage, pushchairs or bicycles. A gondola will depart every 45  seconds and they stop completely inside the stations twice, for embarking and disembarking, without stopping other gondolas. The speed is 20–25 km per hour, which gives the cable car a capacity of 2 000–3 000 travellers per hour in each direction. This is the equivalent of a tram with 32 meters of  carriages travelling every sex minutes. The height above the river is adapted not to interfere with large ships, which between Järntorget and Lindholmen means a height of at least 45 meters above the water.

Close

Trunk bus 2.0 – Think tram, take a bus.

Trunk bus 2.0 is a further development of the present day trunk bus concept which is more attractive and has a higher capacity. In principle, the core bus network of the future satisfies...

Read more

Trunk bus 2.0 is a further development of the present day trunk bus concept which is more attractive and has a higher capacity. In principle, the core bus network of the future satisfies the same needs as the tram network by offering attractive journeys on those lines and travel relations that have the greatest amount of travellers. Together with the trams, the trunk buses make up the backbone of public transport in and between central and semi-central parts of the city.

The trunk bus network is stable and reliable, exactly like the tram network. There is a security in knowing that those routes that are trafficked by trunk buses will continue to be for many years in the future. The traffic is characterised by large capacity double-articulated buses with characteristic appearance and inviting design. The buses run so frequently that one does not usually need to consult the timetable. The buses have their own stops and can be easily found at the major change points. Because the trunk buses run frequently, through built up areas and within restricted routes they create good conditions for being converted to electrical or electrical hybrid buses in the future, which would bring reduced noise and emissions.

Close

Express bus – Think subway, take a bus.

An express network primarily consists of a developed express bus concept with its own infrastructure along the major traffic routes and station like stops...

Read more

An express network primarily consists of a developed express bus concept with its own infrastructure along the major traffic routes and station like stops that is trafficked by special express buses. The express bus network gives fast journeys from the fringe municipal areas and outer areas into the city, but also between major hubs and important destinations in the greater metropolitan area. The express bus network is designed so that buses can travel safely and smoothly between the stations like a subway train or a commuter train.

The express buses are characterised by large capacity vehicles, often double deckers, that can also be driven in vehicle trains. The departure frequency is usually so high that it feels like there is no time table. The buses run in their own lanes or through lanes through the city. The stations are designed like commuter train stations and have straight arrivals. On certain stretches of the route the separate lanes are in the centre of the road and the buses have doors on both sides. Collaborative planning is in place between the express bus network and the surrounding buildings, with supplementary activities, likewise service around stations and hubs.

Close

Faster and more spacious trams

Tram traffic with trunk bus traffic will form the basis for public transport, but reinforced to manage greater loads...

Read more

Tram traffic with trunk bus traffic will form the basis for public transport, but reinforced to manage greater loads. This traffic is characterised by high frequency of departure and high capacity, but the journeys are not necessarily as fast as the express network. The tram network connects to the express network at regional gateways, inner city gateways, the city's focal points and important hubs in the greater metropolitan area.

By supplementing the existing tram network with tunnels past bottle-necks, barriers or dense urban environments and prioritised lanes at ground level we can create improved accessibility. These supplements together with other measures such as longer vehicles, creates increased capacity. An increase in length on part of the tram fleet to 40-45 meters from the present day's 30 meters means that 30-40 percent more passengers can be accommodated in each carriage compared to the present. The development of what is called the inner city ring is a good example of speeding up the existing network and at the same time relieving the inner city. The network will be speeded up by the Lindholm connection, a tunnel between the Bergsjö line and the Angered line (from Kortedala to Alelyckan).

Close

Improved hubs

It is important that the hubs – those stops where one changes line or travel method – function well and...

Read more

It is important that the hubs – those stops where one changes line or travel method – function well and feel pleasant, not least because they will be meeting points in the city. The idea is that there must be alternative travel possibilities, especially for those who are happy to change once or twice in the course of the journey. Our attitude to changes is strongly affected by how we experience the hubs, and what we can gain by changing. There are therefore nine different quality objectives for creating hubs, in addition to the simplicity of changing route or method, guidelines are included for creating an attractive urban environment. By developing the city with good residential environments and activities directly attached to the hubs, they become safer and more attractive.

In addition to good access to foot and cycle paths, access to a bicycle hire system is a success factor. Bicycle parking must be available, as must commuter parking in certain locations, for those who arrive by car. It is however often easier to create commuter parking further out in the system than inside the city traffic area, not least because the available area is often restricted.

Close

Here we build new or
reinforce the existing

Linnéplatsen – Stigbergstorget - Lindholmen

Journey time less than five minutes from Linnéplatsen to Lindholmen through the Lindholms connection across Stigbergstorget. Also gives faster journeys between areas outside the inner city, because one avoids passing the city. Express routes can also use this link.

Cable cars across the river

The three new connections create more opportunities to travel between the river banks and further tie Hisingen in with the mainland. Järntorget–Lindholmen–Wieselgrensplatsen, Svingeln–Gullbergsvass–Ringön–Brunnsbo and Backa-Hjällbo-Kortedala.

The Allé link: Haga-Polhemsplatsen

New tramway in Allén between Haga and Polhemsplatsen past Centralen to Hisingsbron. Because the traffic does not pass Brunnsparken but uses another route, that part of the city is relieved. The express network link along Dag Hammarskjöldsleden from Järnbrott/Radiomotet to Linnéplatsen creates a fast connection from the whole southern part of the greater metropolitan area into central Gothenburg. The route can also be used for intercity traffic coming from the south.

The intermediate ring: Mölndal- Frölunda Torg- Lindholmen-Partille

Express bus that runs along the routes from Mölndal to Frölunda and on to Lindholmen, Backaplan, Brunnsbo and Partille. Gives a high class express route from the south west to the north east, connects several important locations in the greater metropolitan area and covers many of the missing cross links. Think subway, take a bus. Stations instead of stops, high capacity on the route that is expected to see a lot of new residential building.

Tram Norra Älvstranden and trunk bus to Vårväderstorget and Backa

New tramway from Brunnsbo to Lindholmen via Backaplan meets the capacity requirement from the residential building underway in the area. A high class trunk bus route is being built from Lindholmen to Eriksberg and on to Vårväderstorget, like that from Brunnsbo to Backa.

Tracks to Åbro and trunk bus route Toltorpsdalen

An extension of the tramway south from Mölndal city centre raises capacity, increases accessibility and offers direct travel by tram to companies in Åbro.

Trunk bus Tolltorpsdalen–Forsåker

A reinforcement of the route through Toltorpsdalen via Mölndal city centre and on through the new neighbourhood of Forsåker. You can find more info on page 34 in the Vision (only in Swedish)

Speeding up trams

Some parts of the tram network have longer journey times than the target journey times. By working to speed up existing trams, accessibility can be significantly improved. Speeding up can occur by reducing the number of stops where possible and where a bus can instead traffic those places no longer served by tram. The Angered line with a new signal system can have a higher signed speed. You can find more info on page 34 in the Vision (only in Swedish)

Express bus route North east

The cross connection connects the focal points of Angered and Rymdtorget with Partille to the south and Surte in the north.

These are just a few examples of routes in the proposal. If you want to read more it can all be found in the Vision (only in Swedish).

Next Step - this is happening now

First the proposal will go out for consultation, when residents and others will have the opportunity to give their views. The points of view will be worked into the proposal and then the politicians in the local authorities and Västra Götaland region will make a decision about the Vision.

If you want to submit your point of view, you can do it here. Bear in mind that your opinions will then become part of the consultation, diarised and thereby made public.

Several of the measures in the proposal need to be investigated further and an action plan in several stages will be developed. It will be the basis for negotiation and decisions regarding the financing and implementation.

The different parts of the vision need to be financed through several different processes, some of which will run in parallel with the Vison's consultation and adoption processes during 2016.

Right now, something called the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure is underway, which is a government assignment to allow fast implementation of new main lines and investment in public transport in the three greater metropolitan areas. The National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure can contribute to the financing of some of the investment in the public transport of the future.

This website uses cookies. By using this website you approve the use of cookies.

This website uses Google Analytics which collects IP addresses, operating system and what sort of device you have used to visit the site. Google Analytics uses cookies, which is a text file that is stored on your computer. This information is only saved to be able to count the number of visitors to the site and to see how the site is used.

I understand