Stockholm’s suburban rail network crosses the city from North to South. This tunnel, build in 1871 constitutes however a bottleneck and doesn’t allow extra train services at peak hours, explaining the importance of bus service improvement during the congestion charging trial period (see EMTA News n°24).
The Citybanan project is a 6-kilometre infrastructure that will double the existing one, which is currently used by local, regional and national rail services. The line will be 30-metre deep will be situates beneath an existing metro line (Blue line). Two new stations will be built in the city centre: Odenplan and T-Centralen.
In May, representatives for Swedish National Rail Administration (Banverket), Stockholm county councils and Stockholm municipality agreed on the implementation process. Banverket will be responsible for planning and financing the tunnel, the County Council and the Municipality will fund the stations.
The total cost for Citybanan is approximately €1.3 billion. The project will be completed in 2013-2016.