Protest against the project, Photo: Björn Lindberg / Sveriges Radio

Work halts on controversial Stockholm bypass

Swedish Radio News reports that all construction has now come to a halt on the motorway project Förbifart Stockholm, the Stockholm Bypass, which was intended to use a series of tunnels to get traffic from the southern to the northern part of the metropolitan area.

This follows a decision by Sweden’s new Red-Green government to postpone the project until at least May next year.

News agency TT reports it is unclear how many construction workers will be hit by the pause in building, at the moment over 700 people are working with the project. Construction had just started before the change of government in September.

The bypass is expected to cost over SEK 30 billion, and every day the project is delayed costs SEK 4 million, according to the Swedish Transport Administration. The pause is to give the new government another chance to look at the financing of the project. Much of is it was to be financed through congestion charges, but those are now expected to finance improvements to the public transport system in the capital.

The Green Party is an outspoken critic of the bypass.

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