Part of our Swedish Study Tour Programs

In action... The Group Tour pics made by RVDB At the SL depot Alvik...
Impressions of a 'winter tour', January 19-21, 2006; assigned by the Public Tansport Office 'Groningen-Drenthe'.
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In action... The Group Tour pics made by KAN At the Dutch ambassy...
Impressions of the Stockholm Study Tour of the Dutch Region of Arnhem-Nijmegen, September 8-11, 2005.
Download report (in Dutch only) here... (PDF 4.7 MB)
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[menu] (or read introduction below) (C) ALL TEXTS & PICTURES - / Rob van der Bijl, August-January 2006 update: 230106


SL logos

"Stockholms Lokal trafik" (SL) is the Public Transport Authority and commissions all public transport in Stockholm (city and region). All vehicles show the SL-logo. This is important since 'SL' is known by the inhabitants of Stockholm as their former public transport company.
Metro and light rail services are part of one concession and operated by Connex, as expressed as part of the livery of metro and light rail vehicle: "SL i samarbete med Connex".

Please, e-mail LRNL/Rob van der Bijl for your questions.

DOCUMENT: (C), August 2005

This document supports RVDB's study tours.

Dutch Light Rail experts...

This document consists of 8 parts. Please, use the menu to jump to the part you wish to view.

Other Tramways
Regional Railways
Other Transit
Study Tours

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1. Tunnelbanan, or back to: [intro] [menu]


Stockholm is served by a large metro network (the 'Tunnelbanan'). Construction of this network started early 20th century. Basically the existing network consists of three, radial lines, including however several branches. All lines serve the city centre; two of them share a bridge over the water in the historic centre.

Stockholm - Hässelby Strand

Many stations are equipped with modest facilities (auto and bicycle Park and Ride; automated toilets and billboards).



2. Tvärbanan, or back to: [intro] [menu]

Public transport node - Liljeholmen

A new, tangential light rail line serves parts of Stockholm's urban fringe. This so-called 'Tvärbanan' uses tunnels and elevated sections, but also involves street-running as a classic tramway.

Map - Blue: existing line; Orange: integration with Saltsjöbanan
Other extensions: to Solna (purple); to University (green)

The line will be expended in due time and will evolve into the backbone of Greater Stockholm's polycentric urban structure. Part of this extension program includes a connection with the Saltsjöbanan, which allows through running to Slussen, an important public transport node at the south side of Stockholm's centre.


3. Other tramways, or back to: [intro] [menu]


Stockholm closed its urban tram system in 1967, when switching from left to right running traffic. Two tramways remained though: the 'Nockebybanan' and the 'Lidingöbanan', both serving radial branches at the remote ends of metro lines. The 'Nockebybanan' is renewed and operated with new vehicles.

Lidingö's new terminus

The 'Lidingöbanan' uses an old bridge to reach the beautiful island of Lidingö. Recently (2004) the Lidingö-line is extended to serve a new housing project at the eastern side of the island.

Line 7 at Djurgården

A third tramway (re)opened early nineties. This 'Djurgårdslinjen' is a tourist line operated as Tramline 7, according to the original tramway that used the same number. Line 7 connects the city centre with the island of Djurgården, the site of many museums, like the famous open air museum, and plenty of other (tourist) attractions.


4. Regional Railways, or back to: [intro] [menu]

Slussen Terminus

The so-called 'Saltsjöbanan' is a regional railway terminating at Slussen, an important public transport node at the south side of Stockholm's centre. The idea is to convert this railway to light rail, when the 'Tvärbanan' will be connected to it.

Röslagstågbanan's main station at Stockholm

An independent regional narrow gauge railway network serves the northeast region of Stockholm. This three-branche system is known as the 'Röslagstågbanan'.

Pendeltåg at Stockholm's central station

The 'Pendeltåg' is in fact Stockholm's S-Bahn (like in Germany) or RER (like in France). Although the trains use main tracks of the national network, the services are commishioned by SL, like all other regional trains. Brand-new trains will be put into use during 2006.

Stockholm Train Map
Blue: Pendeltåg; Purple Röslagstågbanan &
All other colors: metro

5. Busses, or back to: [intro] [menu]

Stockholm centre

Stockholm is served by many busses, operated within a number of consessions. For instance: 'Busslink' operates a streamlined network in the central city, consisting of four lines. All these lines are operated by articulated busses, which benefits priority measures and some stretches of bus lanes. Still the buses suffer from traffic congestion.

Map of the 4-line core network of the central city

6. Other Transit, or back to: [intro] [menu]

Ferry from Sjöstad to Södermalm and Stockhom's centre

Ferries provide public transport between some of the isles. For instance the Djurgärdsfärjan ferry to the Skansen open-air museum and the Grona Lund amusement park.
Stockholm's main airport is Arlanda (42 km north of the city). The old city-airport is Bromma. The third, new airport is Skavsta, near Nyköping, 100 km south of Stockholm.


7. Links, or back to: [intro] [menu]

RVDB - Urban planning - Compiled this page. - Hosts this page.

People of Stockholm seem to like their city - the Public Transport Authority and commissions all public transport in Stockholm (city and region). - Again, but in English... - The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, carries out research and development work of an internationally high standard for the transport sector. - A major public transport company in Stockholm. - News on tolls ans road pricing. For example: "The Swedish government has given the go-ahead to implement the much litigated congestion charge scheme in central Stockholm. IBM the contractor is being given a resume-work order. The variable toll scheme based on transponder tolls at a ring of 20 toll points around the central area has been the subject of heavy litigation and an earlier court-ordered stoppage earlier this year just as gantries for toll equipment were about to be erected." (April 8, 2005).


8. Study Tours,or back to: [intro] [menu]

your questions and suggestions...


THE STUDY TOUR LINK (Rob van der Bijl & Axel Kuehn)


LRNL now offers cheap guided Light Rail-tours to European cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Lille, Orléans, Paris, Strasbourg, Cologne, Bonn, Karlsruhe and Saarbrücken.
Feel free to write to LRNL excursions.


LRNL offers Light Rail-excursions world-wide, using its international network of LR-experts.
Each program is characterized by its most important cities. However, cities can be removed or added.

Northwestern Europe
Düren - Cologne/Bonn - Ruhr area;
Hannover - Kassel - Bielefeld;
Saarbrücken -
Strasbourg - Nancy;
- Nantes - Paris;
Saarbrücken - Karlsruhe/Heilbronn - Stuttgart;
Belgium coast - Lille - Gand - Antwerp;
Londen - Birmingham - Manchester - Sheffield - Nottingham;
Manchester - Liverpool - Dublin;
Paris - Rouen - Lille - Valenciennes.

Middle and southern Europe
Basel - Zürich - Bern - Lausanne - Genève;
Milan - Turijn - Genova;
Napels - Messina;
Valencia - Barcelona - Bilbao.

Eastern Europa
Poznan - Lodz - Warsaw - Krakow;
Prague - Most - Plzen - Brno;
Helsinki - Petersburg;
Moscow - Noginsk - Kolomna;
Kiev - Dnepropetrovsk.

Northern America
Portland - Seattle - Vancouver;
Calgary - Edmonton - Toronto;
San Francisco - Los Angeles - San Diego;
San Francisco - San Jose - Sacramento - Salt Lake City - Denver;
Boston - Newark - New Jersey - Philadelphia - Baltimore;
Boston - Buffalo - Pittsburgh - Cleveland
New Orleans - Memphis - Dallas

Southern Amerika
Buenos Aires - Curitibá
- Rio de Janeiro

Johannesburg - Durban - Capetown (urban planning);

Hong Kong (city) - Hong Kong (Tuen Mun) - Manilla;
Tokyo - Kyoto - Hiroshima.

Sydney - Melbourne - Adelaide


DOCUMENT: (C), August 2005

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