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A Flexity Swift at Sickla udde


Tvärbanan is a light rail line in the suburbs of Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker. Its name literally translated into English is Crossways line. It links together many bus and rail lines crossways through its connections with the southern and western subway branches of the Stockholm Metro (Tunnelbanan) and the Stockholm commuter rail (Pendeltåg). The possibility to travel between southern and western greater Stockholm without having to enter the city centre significanly reduces the number of transit passengers, also reducing the number of trains having to pass through the Gamla Stanmarker bottleneck during peak hours. Near Liljeholmen the track is shared with freight traffic in a short section, this being the only place in Sweden where freight and trams share the same track.

The tramway is separated from roads in most parts, but there is a section in Gröndalmarker where the tracks run on roads among regular road traffic. In Hammarby sjöstad the trams run in a reservation in the centre of the road rather than in mixed traffic, but there are level crossings between the tram line and several streets.

Traffic on Tvärbanan started in 2000, first between Gullmarsplan and Liljeholmen, then later between Liljeholmen and Alvik, and in 2002 between Gullmarsplan and Sickla udde. Tvärbanan was used by around 32,000 passengers per weekday in 2005 and 44,000 per weekday in 2007.

The bridges used by Tvärbanan include Alviksbronmarker, Gröndalsbronmarker, and Fredriksdalsbronmarker.

Lines

Tvärbanan has a single line (22) with 17 stops, going from Sickla udde south of the Stockholm city centre through Gullmarsplanmarker, Årsta, Liljeholmenmarker, Gröndalmarker, and Stora Essingenmarker to Alvik west of the city centre.

There are discussions to extend Tvärbanan both north from Alvik to Kistamarker and Solnamarker, and east from Hammarby sjöstad to Nackamarker and Slussenmarker, thereby integrating it with Saltsjöbanan. These extensions would lead it to have interchange options with the Metro blue line as well.

Line Stretch Length Stops
22 Sickla uddeAlvik 11.5 km 17




Main interchange options

  • Alvik
    • Metro green lines 17, 18 and 19
    • Nockebybanan (light rail line 12)
  • Liljeholmen
    • Metro red lines 13 and 14
  • Årstaberg
    • Commuter rail lines 35 and 36
  • Gullmarsplan


Future extension

It will be extended from Alvik to Solna, ending at the new national football arenamarker, near the railway with commuter trains. This had construction start early 2009 and shall be finished in 2013.

Also a decision has been made to extend it from Sickla udde to connect to the Saltsjöbanan, and to run the Tvärbanan vehicles on Saltsjöbanan as well. This should be in operation by around 2013.

References

  1. http://www.veolia-transport.se/tmpl/ExtensionPage____28160.aspx?epslanguage=ML


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