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Old August 7th, 2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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[S] Sweden | road infrastructure • motorvägar

From:The Local: Sweden's news in English Congestion charge returns to Stockholm

Published: 1st August 2007 08:36 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/8059/

Congestion charging has been reintroduced in Stockholm, more than a year after a six month trial of the scheme ended.

The scheme, which is legally a congestion tax, means drivers will have to pay between 10 and 20 kronor every time they pass one of the electronic pay stations on the perimeter of the zone. Drivers will be charged Monday-Friday between 6:30am and 6:29pm, and the daily cost will be capped at 60 kronor per car. At the Swedish National Road Administration (Vägverket), which administers the charge, initial signs were that the reintroduction was going according to plan.

"The first ten minutes looked OK and everything seems to be going well," said the organization's spokeswoman, Louise Jarn Melander to news agency TT.

The charge has been brought back following a referendum last September, in which 52 percent voted in favour of the charge, while 45 percent opposed it. Stockholm council's newly-elected centre-right majority, led by Major Kristina Axén Olin, vowed to push for the result to be respected. This despite the fact that all but one of the centre-right parties argued against the charge.

There will be a number of key differences between the new arrangements and those during last year's trial. One change is that the transponders - electronic devices used in the trial to make it possible to take the charge directly out of drivers' accounts - will not be used. Instead, cameras will read cars' plates, and those vehicles whose drivers are registered will have the money debited directly from their accounts.

Other drivers, as before, will have to pay the charge within 14 days of driving in the zone. This can be done online, at Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven stores or in banks.

Another key difference is that taxis will no longer be exempted from paying the charge. A number of taxi operators have already said they plan to increase charges as a result. The charge will be tax-deductable for some companies and commuters. Worse city in Sweden.
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Ofcourse Stockholmians like the charge. But when you got a poll in the suburban area's, the outcome would be totally different.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 05:07 PM   #3
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Stockholms infrastructure is not very extensive, considering the city's size. There is only one north-south Motorway; the E4 that has over 120.000 AADT. It also goes right through the center of Stockholm, it has 2x3 lanes, and is very curvy.

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Old August 7th, 2007, 05:45 PM   #4
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From swedish wiki... Sveriges mest trafikerade motorväg är Essingeleden i Stockholm. I början av år 2005 körde cirka 150 000 fordon dagligen på leden. Därefter kommer Tingstadstunneln och ned till Olskroksmotet i Göteborg med runt 120 000 bilar dagligen "Essingeleden" part of E4-Stockholm has 150 000 AADT(JAN 2005) and Tingstadstunneln (göteborg) had 120 000 at that time. I know that it's a lot more traffic now, plus after the congestion charge returnd(AUG 07), it's up another 5-10% .Essingeleden(E4) is free of charge so more people use it now than just a week ago. The city is hell anyway, so I'll rather visit Göteborg than Stockholm.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 06:04 PM   #5
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But Stockholm has quite extensive commuter rail and metro network. I know what Chris is going to say now: a car is faster. Well, I took the train from Central Station to a hotel in Spnga 12 minutes. By car it tooks almost 30 minutes.
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Extensive or not, such a large city always generates a lot of car traffic, no matter how incredible or huge the local mass transit is. The city has 1.913.000 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area.
Because of the geography in the region, all through traffic has to go right through Stockholm, hence the traffic jams.

Considering, all entrances are over bridges, the road network is very sensitive for traffic jams.
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Extensive or not, such a large city always generates a lot of car traffic, no matter how incredible or huge the local mass transit is. The city has 1.913.000 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area.
Because of the geography in the region, all through traffic has to go right through Stockholm, hence the traffic jams.

Considering, all entrances are over bridges, the road network is very sensitive for traffic jams.
In the spirit of the environmentalists, our people would never build extensive motorways anyway...
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I read that Stockholm had plans to build a beltway around the city decades ago, but still haven't finished building.
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What about foreign drivers? Do they need to pay congestion tax as well?
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 09:58 PM   #10
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What about foreign drivers? Do they need to pay congestion tax as well?
No, foreign vechiles are not punished with this terrible tax. The roadinfrastructure in this city is very underdeveloped. The major approachroutes are (1) E4 north with 3-4 lanes, (2) E18 north with 3 lanes, (3) Rv222 Värmdöleden with 3 lanes, (4) Rv73 Nynäsvägen with 3 lanes. (5) E4/E20 south 4 lanes, (6) E18 west 2 lanes, (7) Drottningholmsvägen west 2 lanes., (8) Lidingövägen 2-3 lanes. At least, they should have one extra lane in each direction to meet the demand. There are NO ciruclar road. There are one (western) bypass, Essingeleden, in one part with ONLY 2+2. The southern bypass, Södra länken, is built in a tunnel with 2-3 lanes in each direction, 5 km built in 2005. This tunnel is allready crowded and have been closed 2 times allready this week.. The northern bypass, Norra Länken, U/C will be finished 2015, 2-3 lanes. I think its allready underestimated. The eastern bypass has been under soo much presure from the parklovers. At the same time, the most important project left to be built in Sweden.

The outer bypass which been discussed is a 3+3-tunnel stretching from Häggvik to Skärholmen. Mostly in 20 km:s of tunnels and 2 major bridges.
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Latest figures: AADT 170.000 for Essingeleden in last week. Does Congestion charges make sense?

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Some weekly figures don't say anything. It could be that a lot of people returning from holiday or stuff like that. Annual figures are the way to measure how busy a road is, split up in weekdays and workday figures. Capacitywise, you should adjust your road network to the workday figures.
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Latest figures: AADT 170.000 for Essingeleden in last week. Does Congestion charges make sense?

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Perhaps they should try to get that friggin bypass built earlier than 2020.
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I wouldn't hope for that too much. History learns that.
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[S] Swedish Motorways - Motorvägar i Sverige

Sweden has an extensive system of motorways (motorväg in Swedish) in the southern third of the country. The first motorway (Malmö–Lund) was opened in 1953 and new motorways have been built in a slow but steady pace ever since, somewhat faster after 1990. The motorways' primary purpose is connecting major cities to their surrounding areas, although there is a long-term ambition to connect Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö with motorways.

With the completion of a couple of new motorway stretches in 2006 and 2007 an interconnecting motorway network exists from Öresund Bridge (to Denmark) in the south to Uddevalla north of Gothenburg, and to Gävle north of Stockholm.

There are also a number of motortrafikleder (semi-motorways, autostrasse), roads with only 2 or 3 (2+1) lanes but to which the same conditions apply as to motorways (i.e. grade-separated crossings, no slow traffic). These can be converted to motorways by adding a parallel road.

The speed limit on motorways is generally 110 km/h (68 mph). 90 and 70 is often used on city motorways. There is a test on a part of the E6, where the limit is set to 120 km/h, but electronic signs can show a lower limit in bad weather.
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E6 Malmö - Helsingborg

Malmö - Landskrona - Helsingborg - Bjuv (E4)
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This serie goes from the southern side of Malmö, where the E6 from Trelleborg joines us, via the eastern side of Malmö and over Landskrona to Helsingborg, where i took a short stretch of E4, which has horrible concrete pavement, a lot of deformations here

Malmö - Helsingborg -> 110 pictures
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So we finally got our own thread!

Thanks for the pictures Chris, much appreciated. This part of the E20 is very low-quality, with some horrible exit ramps.
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A bit too much clutter on some, if you ask me.
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Sweden has an extensive system of motorways (motorväg in Swedish) in the southern third of the country. The first motorway (Malmö–Lund) was opened in 1953 and new motorways have been built in a slow but steady pace ever since, somewhat faster after 1990. The motorways' primary purpose is connecting major cities to their surrounding areas, although there is a long-term ambition to connect Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö with motorways.

With the completion of a couple of new motorway stretches in 2006 and 2007 an interconnecting motorway network exists from Öresund Bridge (to Denmark) in the south to Uddevalla north of Gothenburg, and to Gävle north of Stockholm.

There are also a number of motortrafikleder (semi-motorways, autostrasse), roads with only 2 or 3 (2+1) lanes but to which the same conditions apply as to motorways (i.e. grade-separated crossings, no slow traffic). These can be converted to motorways by adding a parallel road.

The speed limit on motorways is generally 110 km/h (68 mph). 90 and 70 is often used on city motorways. There is a test on a part of the E6, where the limit is set to 120 km/h, but electronic signs can show a lower limit in bad weather.
oMG ..the swedes arent really chekas...what?anyway,why is it so slow,i mean volvos and saabs can go pretty fast!
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