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Gothenburg traffic drops with new toll fee

The Local · 17 Jan 2013, 07:20

Published: 17 Jan 2013 07:20 GMT+01:00

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Two weeks into the new tariff system, traffic has gone down by 23 percent in the city centre.

An overview of driving patterns last week showed that 19 percent less motorists were passing through the pay tolls during the day, when the extra fee applies, compared to the same period last year.

Motorists pay between 8 and 18 kronor at the toll depending on the time of day, with a maximum daily charge per vehicle set at 60 kronor.

Some fears that the weekday congestion charge would instead bump up traffic in the evenings and on the weekends in Sweden's second largest city have not come true.

"We didn't have a prognosis for the weekends," Ulla-Stina Ingemarsson, traffic analyst at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) told the regional newspaper Göteborgs-Postens.

"Weekend traffic wasn't monitored in Stockholm when they introduced the congestion charge so we didn't know what to expect."

In fact, the new penalty seems to act as a deterrent also during off-peak hours, the statistics reveal. Weekend and evening traffic has decreased by 6 percent during the first two weeks of January compared to 2012.

The congestion charge has received mixed reactions. Some Gothenburg suburbanites report that motorists trying to avoid the toll boths are instead taking short-cuts on smaller roads, but still keeping the same speed up and frightening cyclists and pedestrians.

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08:32 January 17, 2013 by RobinHood
The tax was a good idea, but very poorly implemented, without public consultation. The locals have worked out they can express their opposition by staying away. Not just staying away when the tax is operative, but staying away during evenings and weekends too.

In a few weeks, we will hear from Göteborg shops and restaurants that are seeing their takings plummet as suburbanites avoid the centre and shop and eat locally instead.
08:58 January 17, 2013 by EtoileBrilliant
From memory, in Stockholm the road usage returned to more normal levels three months after implementation.
10:53 January 17, 2013 by Englishexpat
Good for reducing car/pollution on the roads but its a complete nightmare for those who travel into Göteborg from surrounding communities by public transport.

I travel in everyday to work from Härryda commune and Im lucky if I get to sit down for the 40km trip, which is not good as this route travels via the E40 motorway and Im hoping Im not standing if there is a crash.

A little preplanning to fulfil the increase on public transport might be a good way to start!
14:11 January 17, 2013 by heu
@Englishexpat: But västtafik did preplan. They raised their prices in more than 15%. That's preplanning according to themselves. Nothing else changed.
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