How Malmö is keeping up with public transport demand

30 June 2015  •  Author(s): Milan Obradovic, Chair of the Technical Committee, City of Malmö

Moving Malmo Forward

Malmö, located in Skåne County in southern Sweden, has been transformed from an industrial city to a ‘knowledge’ city during the past 20 years. The establishment of a university and investments in infrastructure have contributed to Malmö’s growing population over the past 30 years as well as creating new employment opportunities. Today the city boasts a population of some 315,000. Milan Obradovic – Chair of the Technical Committee in the city of Malmö – gives details of how the city is keeping up with public transport demand.

In 2000, the combined rail and road bridge to Denmark was opened, providing a link to Copenhagen International Airport. Malmö, and Sweden, now have a fixed connection southward to the Continent, making travel to Europe easier, while at the same time the housing and employment markets in Malmö and Copenhagen now enjoy much closer ties to one another. The Fehmarn Belt Tunnel is planned for completion in 2021 and will provide even faster transport links to and from the rest of Europe, for both passenger and goods traffic.

The City Tunnel

It became even easier to travel to Europe in December 2010, when the City Tunnel was opened. A 6.5km-long, bored tunnel under Malmö, cutting the travelling time between the city and the rest of the county as well as towns and cities across the entire region. This also created two new stations in Malmö – one in the city centre and one in the development area of Hyllie. From here Copenhagen International Airport is only 14 minutes away by train. It was in this area, in the Malmö Arena, that the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest was held before a jubilant public and 170 million television viewers. Currently a new residential district with 9,000 homes, offices employing 7,000 people, a number of hotels, northern Europe’s largest shopping centre, an exhibition centre and new swimming baths are all being built in this area. All of this made possible by the City Tunnel and a centrally located station…

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