The location of Stockholm Central station is excellent with respect to both node (accessibility) and place (adjacent land uses) aspects. The station is the focal point of train services to the rest of the country (Figure 7.1). Long-distance connections are increasingly being run by the highspeed X 2000 tilting trains. In 1996, there were 13 HST services a day to Göteborg (3 hours 15 minutes) and seven a day to Malmö (4 hours 50 minutes). A high-speed regional train service is to be developed in the densely populated Mälaren valley, east of the city. Meanwhile, a rail link with the airport of Arlanda, currently under construction, will open in 1999.
The urban and regional transport systems also converge at the station, where the underground and a regional rail system meet (Figure 7.2). A new track should add to the capacity of existing southbound regional services. A new bus terminal is also connected to the station. It is the departure point for national long-distance routes, for buses to the ferries that sail to the island of Gotland, and for buses to the airport. The station also enjoys very good car access, as it is directly linked to an urban motorway bypass.
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