A smarter and greener Stockholm with extended metro

30 June 2015  •  Author(s): Riggert Andersson, Head of the Extended Metro Administration, Stockholm County Council

Smarter Greener Stockholm

Stockholm is one of Europe’s fastest expanding regions. The city’s rich and innovative environment, good job availability and unique interconnectedness between the sea and the city attracts approximately 40,000 new inhabitants annually. The rapid influx of people requires investments in both new public transportation and new residential areas. The extension of the Stockholm metro is part of this great undertaking and Riggert Andersson, Head of the Extended Metro Administration at the Stockholm County Council, provides further details.

I started my work with the extension of Stockholm’s new metro about one year ago in connection to the launch of a new administration solely dedicated to constructing the extension of the metro, called the Extended Metro Administration. During the first year of operation, we have already come a long way in the planning process. Simultaneously to hiring staff and building a new team, planning has progressed at a rapid pace. We have an ambitious plan and by 2016 we intend to start construction on some of the new extensions. During 2016, we will also enter an intense period of tendering of construction contractors. Our current work constitutes the foundation that will enable us to carry out the extension in an effective manner in terms of both time and budget, while also considering the environmental impact and ensuring close citizen cooperation. While the vast majority of Stockholm residents support the planned extensions, we understand that the construction will not go unnoticed.

The oldest parts of the Stockholm metro dates back to the 1950s and substantial extensions were made throughout the following three decades. Since then, the metro has been a natural part of everyday life in Stockholm. It takes us between our homes and workplaces and constitutes a vital lifeline for everyone visiting our city. The characteristic metro sign from 1958, ‘T’ for ‘tunnelbana’ (metro in Swedish), has become a well recognisable symbol of Stockholm. The new extension will be the most comprehensive since the completion of the Blue Line in the 1970s and is an important piece of the puzzle for the development of the entire Stockholm region…

 

 

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