Renewal of Stockholm Metro Red line

4 July 2014  •  Author(s): Sonja Martin-Löf, SL’s Red Line Upgrade Programme Manager

Sonja Martin-Löf, SL’s Red Line Upgrade Programme Manager

Sonja Martin-Löf, SL’s Red Line Upgrade Programme Manager

SL – Stockholm Public Transportation – is presently renewing its Metro services on the Red line with the introduction of new C30 vehicles from Bombardier Transportation, together with a new signalling system from Ansaldo STS and the construction of a new underground depot in the southern suburb of Norsborg. SL’s Red Line Upgrade Programme Manager, Sonja Martin-Löf, provides further information and why it is important to transform this line.

Stockholm is the centre of Sweden’s business world. A majority of national and international corporations have their local head offices there, and its visitors consume an amazing 8.5 million guest nights. On top of that, research shows that Stockholm is about to grow from today’s 2.1 million to an estimated 2.6 million inhabitants by 2030.

But Stockholm hasn’t always been a ‘million people’ city. Before the Second World War, it was a relatively small town with less than 600,000 inhabitants. On the streets, public transportation was carried out by electrified trams and buses that struggled side by side with hand carts, horses and a handful of automobiles.

An embryo to a Metro was opened in 1933 when a tunnel was built under the south side of Stockholm for an underground tram line. Three underground stations were built – Ringvägen, Södra Station and Slussen.

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