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Government keeps new Stockholm- Arlanda rail link on track

David Landes · 27 Nov 2009, 07:41

Published: 26 Nov 2009 16:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Nov 2009 07:41 GMT+01:00

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“Today’s decision will make it easier for people to get to and from Arlanda,” said Swedish transport minister Åsa Torstensson in a statement.

Currently, the only direct rail link between Arlanda airport and Stockholm is via the privately operated Arlanda Express train, which carries travelers to and from the airport to the city’s central train station.

While the airport is also served by the Upptåget, a commuter rail line running north through Uppsala and on to Gävle, passengers wishing to reach Stockholm via commuter rail must currently switch to the Stockholm commuter rail system in Upplands Väsby.

But following Thursday’s decision, Stockholm transit agency SL will be able to extend the Märsta-Älvsjö branch of its commuter rail line north through Arlanda all the way to Uppsala via the municipality of Knivsta.

According to a proposal approved by the board of SL, the Arlanda-bound commuter trains would be operational by summer 2012.

In announcing the decision Torstensson also emphasized the new rail line’s environmental benefits.

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“The decision allows more possibilities for people to take public transportation and as a result will contribute to reduced emissions at Arlanda airport,” she said.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:08 November 26, 2009 by Kevm
Does that mean that Märsta will get less trains, or are SL going to run extra trains that go to Arlanda?
17:12 November 26, 2009 by Twiceshy
Kevm I don't understand your point. Why would Märsta ever get less trains because of this? The line to Arlanda will go through Märsta.
19:48 November 26, 2009 by misssh
"rubbing my hand´s together" we just brought property in uppland´s väsby this is a good thing for us!

they Uere talking about having it right through to Uppsala, does anybody know if that also going through or is it just arlanda at the moment?
20:26 November 26, 2009 by muugii
Good to hear about it. I've been in many places and I think stockholm's pendeltag is most reliable public transport i've used.
22:50 November 26, 2009 by Nemesis
This is a very good decision on the part of the Swedish authorities.

Another part of Sweden will open up further for inward investment.
09:29 November 27, 2009 by Eric Cantona
Missah, why is it good for Upplansds Vasby? It says where as know commuters have to go through Upplands Vasby, in nfuture they wont. Slightly confused but also intrigued.

Is the precise new route available anywhere?
11:03 November 27, 2009 by misssh
SL card 690kr approx monthly card

upptåget 980kr approx monthly card.... if you pass upplands vasby you must change from sl to upptåget train which means that you must buy two cars for the month making it over double the price!!

be cheaper to travel north and also to Arlanda as right now it is cheaper to board at upplands väsby then to go to central then to change trains and to go back to arlanda.... which is stupid (the price difference is quite a lot also not sure on figures but my mother inlaw come´s down from up north and pay´s more)

also opens the doors to people traveling to Uppsala with a cheaper train ticket so train and ride north will be better

thia is what i understand is the case but correct me if i am wrong
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