Sweden opens its first modern tram line
Over the weekend, Sweden inaugurated its first modern tram line located in Lund, in the south of Sweden. The tramway that started running on Sunday consists of a single double track with a distance of 5.5 kilometres. It will be operated by public transport company Skånetrafiken in the province of Skåne. The project was funded by Lund Municipality, Region Skåne, Skånetrafiken and the Swedish state worth 148 million Euros.
This tramway places the city of Lund as the first modern tram city in Sweden and will achieve a faster and larger capacity between the Lund’s medieval city centre and the new development of Brunnshög district. According to Lund Municipality, the works on this tramline started in 2015.
The tramline is considered the first modern, smart and climate-friendly rail-bound traffic in over 100 years. “Here, history and the future meet along a path marked by innovation, science and entrepreneurship,” says Philip Sandberg, Chairman of Lund’s municipal board. According to the Lund Municipality, the tramway is an important investment for Lund’s urban development and mobility.
The line has 9 stops, takes 15 minutes and connects Lund Central with Skåne University Hospital, Lund University of Technology, the research villages Ideon and Medicon Village, the Sony-Ericsson area and the research facilities MAX IV and ESS. The construction of the route included renewing and rebuilding of streets, squares and facade entrances facing the tramway.
Additionally, the new tramway allows for expansion of urban environment, housing and offices specifically for the new development of Brunnshög district. The route runs through what Sweden consider, one of the strongest labour market adding to further strengthen development. “This is historic in many ways,” says Carina Zachau, Chairman of the Skåne public transport committee. “This is Skåne’s first tram in almost 50 years and Lund’s first tramway ever.”