• Sweden edition
 
Opposition announces high-speed rail plans

Opposition announces high-speed rail plans

Published: 26 Apr 2010 14:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Apr 2010 14:09 GMT+02:00

"We want to increase overall investment in railways and public transport by around 120 billion kronor ($16.7 billion) by 2021... Meaning that we will double rail investment during the period in comparison to the government's plan," write the leaders of the Social Democrat, Green and Left Parties in an opinion article in the Dagens Nyheter daily on Monday.

The proposal includes high-speed railway links between Stockholm and Linköping, and between Gothenburg and Borås via Landvetter airport, the start of construction for the Northern Bothnia Line between Umeå and Luleå, double track expansion on the East Coast Line between Sundsvall and Gävle, and an expansion to four tracks with a tunnel under Sundbyberg outside Stockholm.

The parties also announced an intention to bring forward plans for the West Link rail tunnel, the extension of the West Coast Railway extension through Varberg and expansion of the southern trunk line network.

The opposition coalition describes its ambitious and expensive plans as the largest since the late 1800s, but despite the cost they also project no reduction in the framework for road investment that the government has already proposed.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

10:37 April 26, 2010 by saar
It is cheaper to drive from Malmö to Stockolm than to take X2000. I took a plane from Copenhagen to Stockholm for 400SEK. X2000 cost three-four times more. Plus I always feel sick on X2000. Not to mention that X2000 never arrives on time.
10:58 April 26, 2010 by crofab
Sounds like a great plan. While it may still be cheaper to drive than take the train, rising fuel costs will change that eventually. Also, not all of us have the luxury of owning cars. The bus is still a good option, but it would be great to have a speedy option like this.
11:31 April 26, 2010 by Luckystrike
Just goes to show that politicians still know nothing about what the people need...
12:00 April 26, 2010 by miss79
yep very good!
12:15 April 26, 2010 by Nemesis
This is a good plan. It will be good to see it come to fruition.

Now will they please stop subsidising flying and make them pay tax on fuel like everyone else.

The x2000 costs are insane. They are stupid. It should not be more expensive to get a train from Malmö to Stockholm. There is no excuse for that.

Also when getting lan cards, instead of having them cover one lan, it needs to be made possible to cover more than one lan, so as to encourage people to travel by train and mix more freely.
12:55 April 26, 2010 by svenskdod
This is one seriously excellent idea. In the last 10 years the amount of cars on the road in Sweden has skyrocketed. This has to stop.

They could include extending the T-Banna in Stockholm from Mörby centrum to at least Täby. The new road they built cost so much money whereas the rail option would have been better for the environment.

The busses need to be changed to Hydrogen fuel cells too. Germany has already started with this and it can be done with a minimal amount of change to the infrastructure.

This is a good move and makes them more appealing in my eyes. I just cannot bring myself to vote for Mona.... She has failed too much, and would bring the country to ruin with her and the greens immigration policies.
13:01 April 26, 2010 by Audrian
Re saar

The price for fuel is not its competitive price. It is administratively fixed at low price (reflecting US pressure on main producers). It encourages over consumption, and accelerates the depletion of petroleum. According to US military (the highest consumer in the world) has reported that there will be a serious shortage of fuel by 2015.

Flying does not reflect full cost of flying. It does not include cost of pollution and the opportunity cost of fuel and depreciation. Sweden is rich in water power. A forward looking policy in Sweden should seek of reducing the country's dependence on fuel. Encourage rail travel!
13:14 April 26, 2010 by cbeynch
Which social programs do they propose to cut in order to finance this? Or do they have their eyes set on yet another tax hike?
13:25 April 26, 2010 by CarlBlack
@ Audrian: The price for fuel is fully competitive - check the huge profits of oil producing companies and of oil producing countries. Furthermore you are paying heavy taxes on it which in fact double the price and cover the external prize more than enough. If trains cannot compete with car travel cost despite this fact, than something is wrong and I bet the problem is the lack of competition on rail network, and that's the problem of many European countries, in Germany it's even worse.

Sorry, but if a thing is good, you don't need to encourage its use. But if it performs poorly compared to other means, than it should be optimized first.
14:55 April 26, 2010 by sendia
costs are high possibly because of poor management, they can't see ways to cut cost other than firing people!
21:43 April 26, 2010 by Venturisection
X2000 is fine and every time i've been on it its been on time even when there was snow :D

Alas the planes tend to suck I hate Ryan Air and the fact i have to pay extra to get out to the airport etc and if I go SAS I still have that problem and they are rude.

X2000 staff have been quite nice :D

As for being greener. 43.3% of energy is renewable the real question is how much energy is used by these high speed trains per person? Also they are crap for transporting bagage. I haven't seen anything that is remotely like a plane.

I have been on the Eurostar now that goes much quicker and is kind of a step up but the carriages seem shabby

The best by a million miles are the Japanese Shinkansen, those absolutely put planes to shame, extremely quick, extremely smooth, extremely silent and plent of space for bagage! Best trains in the world! X2000 is a bit rubbish in comparison.

Its a pity it costs loads and theres no way to just jump on, cars give flexibility public transport tends to remove that altogether which is the reason that public transport can never replace your own car. FREEDOM!!!
02:13 April 27, 2010 by millionmileman
Trains are wonderful, except for one thing: You have to have an extremely high population density to make them profitable. The size of Sweden is far too large for the 9 million population to have any profitability. In other words you will have a black hole, sucking-up hard earned taxpayers' money.

We have a similar problem here, in Wisconsin for the 5.5 million souls who will not be riding the train and no amount of taxation will pay for the upkeep which is beyond any hope of being obtained.

Even England which has one of the most dense population on earth, does not have any profitable routes.

Why is it that all these train schemes come from the left? It always reminds me of the scene from Dr Zhivago, where they all had to experience travel together. It would be unfair for someone to come and go when they want, in what they want. That is called freedom.
09:17 April 27, 2010 by americanska
Nemisis - apples and oranges. The european governments just herd people onto public transport by putting taxes on fuel. Do you really think airlines should double or triple their fuel costs with taxes? Do you not think it would be better that NO ONE gets subsidized and EVERYONE pays the same level of taxes on fuel? Let the forms of transportation compete in reality.... trains will lose.

The trains in Sweden are subsidized using fuel tax money. If that wasn't the case then no one would be using the train. Yet you hate the airline companies and want them to start paying for the governments train system as well??
12:11 April 27, 2010 by Marc the Texan
High speed rail in Spain (AVE) is cost effective and profitable AND runs on time. Yeah, Spain! Why can't they promise that first?
Today's headlines
Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'
File photo: TT

Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'

Police in Gothenburg have confirmed that sex trafficking in the city has developed into a full-blown slave trade - but that they lack the resources to do anything about it. READ  

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution
Photo: TT/The Missionary Church of Kopimism

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution

Peter Sunde has complained to prison authorities that his religious rights have been impinged after he was refused permission to contact a representative from a church inspired by the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste. READ  

Stockholm 'bomb man' jailed and deported
Police at the scene of the threat in June. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Stockholm 'bomb man' jailed and deported

The 43-year-old man who threatened Stockholm's Gamla Stan with a bomb in June was sentenced on Friday to two years in jail, followed by deportation. READ  

Swedish police: 'We're sweaty all the time'
Swedish cops are unhappy with the heat. Photo: Håkan Dahlström/Flickr

Swedish police: 'We're sweaty all the time'

Swedish weather agencies say the summer's warmest day is yet to come, but police in the north have decided that they can't take the heat - and filed a report about the own stifling police station. READ  

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has resumed flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv after the airline completed a 'thorough security analysis' of the situation in Israel. READ  

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself
A Stockholm police car. File photo: TT

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself

A man and a woman, reported to be both 45-years-old, were found dead on Thursday in an apartment on Lidingö in Stockholm with police suspecting a murder and suicide. READ  

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire
Central Norrköping in eastern Sweden. Photo: Stefan Vilcans

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire

Swedish police suspect arson after buildings at a mosque in Norrköping in eastern Sweden burned down in the early hours of Friday morning. READ  

Opinion
'Moving wasn't a choice, Sweden called to me'

'Moving wasn't a choice, Sweden called to me'

Caught in an identity limbo and surrounded by often apathetic "love refugees", The Local's resident Swedophile Solveig Rundquist wonders if she's the only expat who moved to Sweden for the culture alone. READ  

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets

Sweden's Prison and Probation Services are beginning a project in which suspected criminals will be given surf tablets to look at evidence against them. READ  

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite
The Swedish adder. Photo: Piet Spaans

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite

A man claimed to have been bitten by a poisonous snake at a paddling pool in Gothenburg on Thursday prompting a hunt which ended without a trace of the offending reptile. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
Blog updates

24 July

Sharing our Pride: Celebrating Love & the LGBT Community! (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"It’s mid- July in Stockholm, and with much of the city on vacation, things can seem a little quiet – the streets, the bus, and the grocery store. One thing that has not paused for a summer break, though, is preparation for Stockholm’s Pride Festival, which will take place from July 28 to August 2...." READ »

 

22 July

Det (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! “Det” is a personal pronoun that can be used in many ways, and it might me confusing if you always translate “det” to English “it”. In this article I will do my best to guide you to how to use “det”. Det replacing a word, a phrase or a clause Let us begin with the less confusing..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
National
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
National
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
National
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

733
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se