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Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille,
we have a result!

Collation of the autumn's public consultation, when the general public could give their views on the public transport of the future, is now complete. The results of the public consultation, together with the views from borough councillors and other parties within the municipalities, are the basis for ”Vision for urban traffic in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille 2035” which has now gone out to the municipal councils and authorities for consultation. Other interested parties and you, as a private individual, may also submit opinions regarding the proposal. You can read summaries of these documents and see the complete versions here.

In the autumn, the public consultation in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille saw 6,338 people take the web survey and 526 comments left. In addition, 28 focus groups with 340 members were involved. The viewpoints from the public consultation are part of the documentation used to create the vision for public transport of the future that the politicians will now consider. 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.

Summary of the public consultation

In the autumn, the public consultation in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille saw 6 338  people take the web survey and 526  comments left. In addition, 28 focus groups with 340 members were involved. The viewpoints from the public consultation are part of the documentation used to create the vision for public transport of the future that the politicians will now consider. 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.

One change is fine

If the journey is faster, a majority would consider making one change when travelling on public transport. However not several changes, even if the journey was even quicker.

Lots of departures
or no changes?

It is more important that the bus/tram/train runs frequently than avoiding changes. Of those who responded that live in Torslanda and Askim there was a slightly larger proportion who thought that the absence of changes was more important, which could be related to their travel habits at present.

All types of traffic are good.

Those who participated in the web survey were positive towards all proposed types of traffic, both regarding having them where they live and using them.

Is it OK to stand?

Not having to stand is an important aspect for those using public transport. Despite that, quite a lot of people think that it is OK to stand for up to 10 minutes during rush hour traffic. However, that attitude varied depending on where one lived. In Partille and Angered, a total of 45 % think that it is only OK to stand for five or even no minutes. In Örgryte/Härlanda that figure is 27 %.

Short journey time or
close to a stop?

If the journey with public transport is faster, a majority would consider walking or cycling further to the stop.

Pay more for trams?

Tram is a popular type of traffic. But creating a tram line is more expensive than creating a new bus route. The response to the question of whether people are prepared to pay more to travel by tram is a clear no.

Focus groups

In parallel with the web survey we also had 28 meetings with focus groups around the whole of Gothenburg. The intention with these groups is to gain a deeper understanding of how public transport is viewed in different areas. Here is a summary of what the focus groups thought. If you want to know more, download the consultation report (only in Swedish).

About safety and comfort:

The safety aspect is important and many people are positive to security wardens and on-board camera surveillance. At stops lighting is important and that the shelters offer protection against wind and weather. Camera surveillance is also desirable at stops. On driverless vehicles, staff or wardens are required to increase the safety. Men are more positive about driverless vehicles than women. More comfortable seats, gentler driving and better temperatures in the vehicles were other common requests.

About the vehicle types:

Many are positive about a cable car on the condition that it is well integrated with other public transport. Cable car is regarded as a good public transport solution but also a potential tourist attraction. Normal fears, particularly amongst women, were issues regarding safety and security.

Trunk buses must be more comfortable both in driving manner and accessibility for push-chairs and wheelchairs. A trunk bus that runs frequently (every 4 minutes) is still preferred to a tram that runs less frequently (every 8 minutes). Rapid and express buses should be faster and quieter, driven more gently and in their own bus lane. Better access to seating and more efficient boarding and disembarking is also wanted. Express trams are also welcome, because many people complained about the present slow tram journeys.

Many people inquired about the possibility of taking bicycles on board. More people would be able to travel further to the stop, but still use public transport. Bicycle would become part of the traffic system. In the focus groups, guideways were considered better than trams, and there was a lot of discussion about the possibility of the traffic types connecting the outer areas together, while the express tram was most popular in the web survey.

About speed:

Several of the participants think that public transport is too slow, primarily in comparison to the car. Many people from the outer areas think that frequency of service is a problem. Better fast connections to the city but also fast connections between the outer areas, are requested. A very large number of people mention that Gothenburg has no connections across the city. Too much of the structure is based on travelling in to the centre in order to then travel out to the destination – there is not enough contact between the outer areas. Many people on Hisingen consider themselves cut off from the rest of Gothenburg. Inhabitants in north east Gothenburg say that they are not connected to the city sufficiently well. Nearly everyone, with the exception of people with disabilities, thought that the trams had too many stops in the city.

About noise:

Many people want quieter traffic, primarily from the traveller's perspective. As a city dweller one has a relatively high tolerance of noise – one has made the choice to live centrally and noise comes with that, many people reason. At the same time many people think that the noise from trams and buses as they brake and accelerate is very intrusive. The electric buses on line 55 are highlighted as something positive.

About living:

Access to public transport is important when choosing accommodation, especially for families with small children. Children must be able to travel between school, leisure activities, friends and home again easily.

We took your opinions as follows

The main part of the plans we had developed for the public transport of the future in greater Gothenburg received good support in the public consultation, but in some areas we have modified or clarified the plans as a result of the responses. Some of the responses – for example the effect on the city environment and city development – were difficult to draw any deeper conclusions from, but the dialogue gave an indication of what is important to think about.

You liked the following about the proposals in the Vision

  • Further develop today's infrastructure - Those who participated in the web survey support the idea of using and developing the present infrastructure (tram, traffic routes etc.) in several stages and are positive regarding new technical solutions There were small differences in responses dependent on age, gender and where one lived, but in the focus groups it was clear that people preferred the traffic types that are already available in their area.
  • Freedom of choice is desirable – It was clear that freedom of choice was desirable – for example, in certain cases, to be able to be close or having no changes as a payoff against longer journey times and in other cases travelling a little further and with changes but a quicker journey. It supports the principle in the vision of a clear division between an express network and other parts of the network.
  • Support for cross links – The dialogue result also supports the proposals for several cross links to avoid having to travel into the City to change line, likewise relieving Brunnsparken by bypassing the City with the Allé link as an example. The quality objectives for travel times between important locations in the town centre, frequency of service and reliability lay in line with the participants' expectations.
  • Positive with old and new types of traffic – Overall there was positivity for the proposed traffic types – new and upgrading of existing. There were no objections, the main thing was that the traffic type "does its job”.

Opinions and points of view that have affected the proposals in the Vision

  • One change for a journey ”across the whole city” was acceptable to most people, but fewer were prepared to accept two or more changes. People preferred a quicker journey with one change than a slower journey with no changes.
  • The consultation participants offered a lot of views regarding how the hubs are designed, everything from how easy it is to find connecting trains to weather protection, adjacent services, hire bicycles etc.
  • Many points of view were related to how traffic was managed with a view to onboard climate, driving style and driver behaviour, vehicle and stop design such as lighting, seating size and location etc. The ElectriCity buses (line 55) were highlighted as a positive example of how buses should be designed – and sound (that is - quiet). Staffing is important, even if the systems are driverless.
  • The ticketing system is a recurring issue in the consultation. The points of view showed the importance of simple and clear concepts and understandable line networks, likewise good information during the journey.
  • Many people chose their home, but not work, based on how good public transport is and then primarily for the sake of the children. It emphasises the importance of simplicity, safety and security in the system.

What happens now?

In addition to the general public, several other groups and bodies were questioned. The results of the public consultation together with the views from borough councillors and other parties within the municipalities have been collated to create the proposal ”Vision for urban traffic in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille 2035” which will now be sent out to the municipal councils and authorities for consultation.

On the next page you can read a summary of the Vision. ->

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