20 measures for better public transport to the capital’s attractions

By on June 15, 2018

Queues and long waiting times in public transport affect the quality of visitors’ experience of the capital.

Tourist destinations lose visitors and lose income when transport does not work. Therefore, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce proposes 20 measures for better functioning public transport to four different destinations.

The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s proposal aims to improve accessibility to Artipelag, Tallink Silja in Värtahamnen, Djurgården and Magasin 9. Lotta Andersson, Project Manager at Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, believes that public transport currently makes it difficult for tourist destinations to reach their full potential.

“An example we looked at is the art gallery Artipelag at Värmdö. From the central city you will get there in just over 20 minutes if you drive a car, but by public transport it takes about an hour. On weekends, when the need is greatest, there are only three departures. Obviously it has a very negative impact,” – says Lotta Andersson.

“Artipelag has been forced to make a decision not to have the restaurant open in the evening, and revenue will yield a loss of between 40,000 and 50,000 sek each evening. With better public transport, the visitor target could grow”, says Lotta Andersson.

At Djurgården there are several of Sweden’s biggest attractions, including Gröna Lund, Skansen and Vasamuseet. The accessibility problems for Djurgården have gradually become sneaking for a century and currently the capacity of streetcars and buses is not enough.

“Djurgården is Scandinavia’s biggest attraction, and visitors come despite the shortcomings of public transport. But in order for Djurgården to develop further and in a sustainable way, public transport must preferably be ahead and not try to catch up. We think it is important to spread the visitor streams, over time and across the area. It requires a palette of measures in existing public transport and certain investments in physical infrastructure”, says Lotta Andersson.

Stockholms Handelskammare’s proposal for Artipelag:

  • Direct buses from Stockholm C or Slussen with the opportunity to get faster from the city without the visitors having to go through Gustavsberg.
  • Many more tours on weekends and during the summer.
  • The communication to Artipelag by public transport increases the frequency and a number of new routes both on land and on the waterways.
  • That Värmdö municipality prioritises simple and flexible modes of transport to one of the municipality’s largest employers.
  • Cultural initiatives are not always permanent. Greater flexibility is required in the planning of routes in public transport and that new innovative modes of transport can be found that can be matched by temporary cultural initiatives.

Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s proposal for Tallink Silja:

  • Move the existing bus stop closer to the terminal.
  • Make the transport distance from the terminal to the bus stop more accessible, enlightened and safe.
  • Increase the frequency of bus departures to meet passengers’ transport needs. When just under three thousand passengers arrive at the same time, the current solution is insufficient. An alternative is to enter extra departures that correlate with the arrival of the ferry.
  • Improve the environment along the transport distance between terminal and metro stop with better signage, lighting, security and accessibility for all, including those with disabilities.
  • Prioritize and plan an expanded regular waterway public transport to Värtahamnen immediately, as a complement to other public transport.
  • Build Eastern Connection to improve the land infrastructure of Stockholm ports.

Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s proposal for Djurgården:

  • Develop Djurgårdsfärjan with more tours and flexible connections.
  • Speed ​​up the planning process for a further one-way and cycle bridge to Djurgården.
  • Fix any shortcomings on Djurgårdsbron for future needs.
  • Insert dense bus tours that also drive at Djurgården later in the evening.
  • Insert closer bus trips specifically to the museum park to facilitate school classes and school groups.
  • Permanent attempt (now done in Kista) with smaller, driverless electric buses on Djurgården, or create other forms of elecric shuttle services.
  • Visualize Djurgården by marking the new streetcar line with Djurgården feeling already at the start of the T-center.

Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s proposal for Magazine 9:

  • Extend the bus 1 route with another stop at Magasin 9, close to the ferry boat Sjövägen stop at Frihamnspiren.
  • Improve lighting and create accessible sidewalks in the area for increased safety and accessibility.