THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LIGHT RAIL RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM IN GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

The history of the light rail system serving Gothenburg and its surrounding region is described. The 1972 network is the result of continual investment over a period of years, Mostly since 1950, extending the services as each suburb of the city developed. The system is designed to cater for 7-ton axle loads but is capable of being converted to metro standard when patronage requires. The patronage acquired on several recent extensions is quoted together with investment and operating costs. 12KMS of additional track are planned during the 1970's. A report of the discussion session is included. Restrictions on private car travel in the city have reduced the number of cars using the central road network. The apparent ease with which the rail network can be expanded is helped by a 95% national government grant for tunnel construction and a 40% subsidy of operating costs. (Covering abstract of conference proceedings is IRRD Abstract No 208768).

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 7-25
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1975 12:00AM