The review period for the West Link railway plan ended on the 30th of January. The plan had then been on public exhibition since December 10th 2014. The next step is to go through the submitted comments that we have received during the review period.
– We have received a large number of written comments. Some of them are from people who are affected by the tunnel, such as property-owners or local residents. People in Örgryte are some of the residents who have expressed concern for how the construction will affect them, says Bo Lindgren who is responsible for permit issues and consultation in the West Link Project.
– We have received many comments, but not an unusual number. Many of them are very similar. We will now go through them all in detail and consider how we will follow up the questions in our continued work, says Bo.
Extended referral period
Several of the consultation bodies, who are to submit a comment on the railway plan, have requested an extended referral period. This means that the final comments will be received at the end of February. The extended referral period applies, among others, to the County Administrative Board, the Swedish National Heritage Board and the National Property Board of Sweden, and the City of Gothenburg, where the matter will be discussed at the City Executive Committee meeting on the 18th of February.
How we proceed
Once all the comments have been received, they will be processed and commented on in a so-called referral opinion statement, which we hope to complete in March. If the comments only lead to minor changes in the plan, the process can continue.
If it is a question of major changes, a new review of the plan will have to take place before the next stage of the process – the adoption of the plan. Once the railway plan has been adopted, it can be appealed. If this is the case, the government determine whether or not the railway plan can be granted legal force, which means that it is legally binding.
The railway plan is still viewed online
The review of the West Link railway plan was completed on the 30th of January. The plan had then been on public exhibition since the 10th December 2014. The plan was exhibited at the Swedish Transport Administration's Regional Office in Gothenburg, at the city and municipal offices of Gothenburg and Mölndal, and at Älvrummet in Gothenburg. Certain parts of the plan have also been available for review on the West Link website, where they can still be viewed. During the review period, the general public, property-owners and referral bodies have been able to submit written comments on the railway plan.
View the railway plan (in Swedish)