STOCKHOLM. Office workers and residents in parts of central Stockholm will have to endure several years of disruptions as one of the city’s biggest infrastructure projects gains full speed in 2010.
A six kilometre long new tunnel under some of the most sensitive parts of the Swedish capital will finally bring long awaited increased rail capacity to the region. The new tunnel, called Citybanan, will more than double the capacity for commuter trains passing through Stockholm’s Central station when it’s completed in 2017.
Work is now becoming more and more visible as tunnel construction gets under way between Riddarholmen, next to Stockholm’s Old Town, and Södermalm. Other parts of central Stockholm will also have to get used to underground explosions and increased heavy traffic to and from work places.
Construction of the new tunnel will not only be a key to improved public transportation in Stockholm and the surrounding region. Eight out of ten train trips in Sweden begins or ends in Stockholm, where the two tracks leading into the Central station for years have been a bottle neck affecting train traffic in the whole country.
The project is estimated to cost 1.6 billion Euro (2.3 billion US dollars).
Underwater tunnel construction near Stockholm's Old Town.