Cableway is feasible

A late 400th birthday gift for gothenburg?

Things are moving ahead in Gothenburg: the idea of extending the existing local transport network with a cableway is getting increasingly more concrete. A feasibility study speaks in favor of its construction. And according to a survey, local residents, too, support this alternative means of transport. The only thing missing is the green light from city hall. If given, the cableway could become a – somewhat late – birthday gift for the city’s 400th anniversary.

This is how one of the cableway stations in Gothenburg could look. For more information go to: forlivochrorelse.se/utstallning-arkitektforslag. Illustration: UNStudio Kjellgren Kaminsky


The second largest Swedish city, Gothenburg, is going to celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2021. It promises to receive, after many years of anticipation, a very special birthday gift: a three-kilometer-long 3S cableway to connect the city center with the neighborhoods of Lindholmen, Ramberget and Wieselgren. The cableway will transport 4,000 passengers per hour, including across the Göta River. The cost of the construction is estimated at 110 million euros, annual operating costs at around 3.5 million euros.

Gothenburg’s residents say “yes”

Gothenburg’s residents – inveterate bikers just like the Dutch, by the way – are totally impressed with the project. According to a survey, 70 percent support the cableway under the condition that they can bring their bikes onboard (see also the interview on page 8/9). The planned area to be covered by the cableway is situated north of the port, not far from Gothenburg’s city center.

The architect competition is already underway. Photo: http://forlivochrorelse.se/pressbilder/


There will be four stations, the first at the public transport hub Järntorget, the locals’ secret main square, located south of the port. Compared to other cities, Gothenburg has a great advantage – the proximity of the water. In the south, Lindholmen borders on the Göta River. Wieselgren in the north of the city is now connected with the city center, situated south of the Göta River, by two bridges.


The existing means of public transport include trams, buses and ferries. Lindholmen, once the home of many industrial businesses, is about to be transformed into an area dominated by research and modern commerce. But new residential space is also to be cableway is feasible A LATE 400TH BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR GOTHENBURG? This is how one of the cableway stations in Gothenburg could look. For more information go to: forlivochrorelse.se/utstallning-arkitektforslag. Illustration: UNStudio Kjellgren Kaminsky 7 created here as there is great demand for apartments from students of the nearby Chalmers University of Technology.


If everything goes according to the planners and architects, Gothenburg will see quite a few changes. Not only will a cableway be built but Lindholmen itself will be completely reshaped; for example by new large squares and broad walkways, ideal for lingering or strolling about.

Good views but no privacy transgression

A new public transport hub for trams, buses and the cableway is to be built in Wieselgren, north of Lindholmen. The middle-station Västra/Ramberget is planned to be in this area on the premises of Volvo Trucks, one of the most important employers in Sweden. Passengers will be able to enjoy wonderful views all along the cableway without transgressing the privacy of residents. According to the planners, the route will mostly run over public and industrial land. Only in Wieselgren will individual residential blocks be crossed. But the cableway will run high above the buildings so that nobody feels disturbed by it.

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city combining the traditional with the modern. Photos DICK & : GILLBERG/BEATRICE TORNROS


Also, the design of the stations has already been the subject of much thought. The results of the architect competition are rather amazing. If everything continues to go according to plan, in just a few years highly modern, futuristic-looking buildings should form a new picture of Gothenburg.

EU funds of 2.8 mil. euros

2.8 million euros of EU funding, already received by Gothenburg, represent another good reason why the cableway should be built. The money comes from ELENA, an initiative supporting projects in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable urban transport. These funds would have to be returned if the project were not implemented.

The route of the planned 3S cableway in Gothenburg. Photo: stadsutveckling.goteborg.se