The public transport system needs more capacity if the Stockholm region is to continue growing and developing in a long-term sustainable way.
Stockholm’s Metro is about to be expanded. Nearly twenty kilometres of new track and eleven new stations on four sections. Stockholm County Council is responsible for the expansion and planning is well under way. It’s an extensive and complex project.
Stockholm is expected to grow by the equivalent of two SL buses a day until 2020. That’s just over 35,000 people a year, making Stockholm one of the fastest growing conurbations in Europe. Since Stockholm is growing so rapidly, the demands on public transport are also increasing. The Metro’s tracks are already almost at maximum capacity during rush hour. The Metro is the most used SL transport service. The busiest route in the Metro network is Centralen– Slussen.
The 2013 Stockholm negotiation group
In autumn 2013, the government, Stockholm County Council and the City of Stockholm, Municipality of Nacka, Järfälla Municipality and City of Solna signed a mutual agreement on the expansion of the Metro and increased housing construction. In January 2014, the agreement was signed by all parties after less than a year of intensive negotiations.
The four municipalities are together undertaking to build around 82,000 new houses in the vicinity of the Metro, either themselves or through another landowner/developer. Stockholm County Council is responsible for the expansion of the new Metro: Four different sections, to Nacka, to Arenastaden and to Barkarby. The Blue line will also be extended to Gullmarsplan and connected to the Green Hagsätra line branch.
Administration for the new metro
Stockholm County Council is responsible for the expansion of the new Metro. On 1 March 2014, a special administration, the Extended Metro Administration was established with the task of running the work through the planning, project and implementation stages.
Each Metro section is being run as a sub-project and the board of each sub-project is made up of the municipalities involved together with Stockholm County Council. There is also a board for the overall management of the expansion, made up of all the financing parties.