The bridge over Göta Älv. Photo: Micke Larsson / TT
Photo: Micke Larsson / TT Credit: Micke Larsson /TT

Court rules in favour of lower Gothenburg bridge

Gothenburg City will be allowed to replace the Göta Älv bridge with a lower one, a court ruled on Wednesday. 

The plans for the new bridge, which would be seven metres lower than the current bridge, had been appealed by municipalities upstream of the river. They argued that the new bridge would be too low to allow for maritime transport to run smoothly without affecting traffic over the bridge.

But the Plan and Environment Court of Appeals chose to uphold a decision by a lower court in 2014. Gothenburg City council has been rearing to start constructing the bridge, as the current bridge was built in 1939 and needs to be replaced.

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