Region Skåne is, in collaboration with Skåne’s municipalities, investing in town planning and public transport to give Skåne the infrastructure it needs.
It’s about forward-looking investments into tomorrow’s infrastructure, focussing on rail traffic which facilitates commuting, enables the transfer of goods from road to railway, and creates a foundation for sustainable development.
Why Invest in Skåne’s Infrastructure?
Roads and railways in Skåne are busy. The strain on the road network is obvious, and the railway network struggles to satisfy increased transportation demands, both in terms of goods and passenger traffic. This is a threat to growth, accessibility and the development of sustainable transport solutions, not just in Skåne, but in all of Sweden.
Environment and Sustainable Transports
Skåne’s environmental challenges are great. If conditions improve for trains, more people can commute sustainably, while the strain on the road network lessens. There is a need for special investments to facilitate the transfer of goods from road to railway. Extensive goods traffic through Skåne has great environmental implications and causes many road traffic accidents.
Region Skåne is working strategically to drive and support the development of a sustainable transport system.
More jobs need to be created to match Skåne’s growing population numbers. If employment numbers and productivity in Skåne were level with national figures, Sweden’s GDP would increase by 40 billion SEK. Improved commuting opportunities increase people’s mobility and chances of finding appropriate employment.
As a border region, Skåne handles a large part of Swedish businesses’ transports. So-called transit traffic is very extensive – over a million lorries roll through Skåne every year – and traffic is expected to increase heavily, not least when the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany opens in 2021.
There are already serious shortcomings and congestion problems in Skåne today. These problems must be dealt with if bottlenecks aren’t to impede traffic and affect growth in all of Sweden.
Region Skåne is also investing in regional cycle paths and improved conditions for cycling to public transport stations and stops.
The state is responsible for maintaining and increasing the capacity of the train network.