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Stockholm mayors strike "historic" public transport deal

Published fredag 21 april 2017 kl 16.24
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Stockholm county is connected by the commuter train "pendeltåg" system.
Stockholm county is connected by the commuter train "pendeltåg" system. Credit: JONAS EKSTRÖMER / TT

An agreement signed today, ensures the construction of several new railway links in and around Sweden's capital, as well as 100,000 new housing units.

The 30 billion SEK deal ensures construction of new railway links in Stockholm county, which is growing by about 35,000 people annually and is expected to reach 2.5 million by 2022.

Stockholm city mayor Karin Wanngård, a Social Democrat, praised the agreement as wise and forward-looking at an event in Fridhemsplan subway station today, where municipal executives gathered to sign the final papers in public.

"It's been a hard job for almost two years," said Parisa Liljestrand, the Moderate Party mayor of Vallentuna.

The effort to improve public transportation in Stockholm is part of a larger government-led initiative to modernize infrastructure nationwide, known as the national negotiation on housing and infrastructure.

Other projects include high speed railways between Sweden’s biggest cities and improving infrastructure in the country’s northern parts.

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