Who actually travels to and from a station in Haga? This is one of the questions that have been taken up in recent debates.
A number of different alternatives have been studied
Who will use Haga Station to get to school or work in the future? Who will actually commute via Haga Station to Gothenburg from the municipalities around the city? Furthermore, since there is already a substantial and important centre at Järntorget, would it not be a better alternative to build a station there? These are some of the questions that have been published in newspaper articles which have given rise to debate during recent weeks.
Järntorget is an important connection node in Gothenburg, and from here it is not far to Linnéstaden, the areas around Masthuggstorget and Haga. For this reason, two different alternatives were also studied as early as in 2001 in the feasibility study for the West Link Project regarding the preconditions for a station located in the vicinity of Järntorget. The possibilities of reaching Järntorget in combination via Korsvägen were also investigated
Why was Järntorget dropped?
As we know, the two alternatives above were dropped, and there were a number of different reasons behind the decision to do so. In comparison with the other alternatives studied, the investment costs would have been much higher and the travel times longer for those passengers who, for example, travel to Gothenburg from the south via the West Coast Line or the Coast-to-Coast Line.
Building a station next to Järntorget would also have entailed greater disruption and encroachment on the urban area since there was a considerable likelihood that properties at Pustervikskajen and Linnéstaden would have needed to be demolished. Routing via Korsvägen and Järntorget proved in turn to entail major conflicts with either the Göta Tunnel or the Gothenburg Energy Agency's underground installations in the vicinity of Rosenlundskanalen.
Who will use a station in Haga?
Some 17 000 people live within an approximately 10-minute walking distance of the planned station in Haga. Furthermore, about 36 000 people study and work in the area. For the future, the City of Gothenburg has plans in the form of several different community development projects. In the case of Skeppsbron, the detailed development planning has been completed and start of construction will be in the near future. At Norra Masthuggstorget, plans for the more concentrated development of existing areas could result in some 4 000 additional workplaces and housing units.