Expert group says plan to build a new Slussen is justified
An expert group that had looked into whether it was possible to renovate the Slussen traffic hub in Stockholm, rather than building a new one, has determined that the decision to build anew was justified.
The group presented its findings at a press conference on Monday, saying that at least 85% of the structure would need to be torn down and rebuilt in order to last for a century.
However, the project to build Slussen anew will cost SEK 2 billion more than the SEK 8 million that has been budgeted for it, says the group.
The plan to build a new Slussen was presented in 2005, and passed five years later, but construction has been pushed up several times, and the issue has touched a nerve, especially among people and groups who want to preserve the current structure.
For construction to get underway, Reigun Thune Hedström, who is part of the group, told Swedish Radio P4 Stockholm, "The first thing that needs to be done is to sit down and quickly go through our recommendations, appoint a working group and review our remarks."
The group reviewed a number of points concerning Slussen and found that the new Slussen, for example, will improve access for pedestrians and cyclists, but that bus traffic would benefit from renovation, rather than building anew.
The original clover-shaped hub was inaugurated in the 1930s, but for decades has been disintegrating due to collapsing poles underneath the concrete structure.