Sweden’s interurban railway finally operates first passenger train
Trafikverket announced that on December 13 the first passenger train operated on the Pågatågen interurban railway line between Malmö Central and Kävlinge. The Lomma line, which has always been for freight transport, is a single-track 19 kilometres in distance and will allow the development of commuter traffic throughout the western region of Skåne. The passenger train will operate in the southern part under Skånetrafiken, regional public transportation authority and operator in Skåne.
The Swedish Transport Administration has been working for many years on converting the freight transport Lomma line to be used for passenger trains. “The Lomma line is a strong contribution to sustainable infrastructure in Skåne, so it feels very good that the rebuilding is now complete and the passenger trains can start rolling,” says Lennart Andersson, regional director for Trafikverket. ”When the pandemic is over, we hope that heavily trafficked E6 highway can be relieved when more people can take the train instead of the car.”
The passenger train will run from Kävlinge through Furulund, Flädie, Lomma and end in Arlöv, where other track connections enter the southern mainline. New stations have been built at Lomma and Furuland which will create opportunities for commuting and sustainable travel. The travel time between Furuland and Malmö takes 20 minutes, and it will take seven minutes between Lomma and Malmö.
The municipality of both Lomma and Kävlinge will have opportunities to develop houses and business now that the Pågatågen runs through the villages. “There is such potential for Furulund’s development going forward, we know that establishing a new station gives a place an energy boost,” says Pia Almström, chairman of the municipal board in Kävlinge municipality. ”We are proud that we now have three commuter train stations in the municipality that make our residents’ everyday lives easier, contribute to climate-smart travel and that our conditions as a place to grow are strengthened.”