Invest in infrastructure now!

By: Thomas Ström 9/11/14

Expand the railway between Oslo and Copenhagen.

With only days to go until the Swedish election, I can’t help but wonder why there has not been a debate about Sweden’s lousy infrastructure? The discussion is centred on work and work opportunities for everyone, while expanding the railway, partly at the expense of the ROT tax deduction, has been discussed only briefly 

Why is there not a discussion about an extensive investment in infrastructure? That alone would create a large amount of work opportunities for several years. Moreover, Sweden will have an infrastructure which works well and which will last.  

Other countries prioritize roads, railways and airports, but in Sweden it feels like people are wondering if a new road or railway really is necessary. 

I argue that the railways need to be upgraded and become more effective. For example, there is no effective train service between Oslo and Copenhagen. That is definitely a line which should be expanded as soon as possible.

Beside maintenance of several already existing roads, building cross country roads, from the east coast to the west coast, is of utmost importance when it comes to the road network. And here I mean roads that are built for heavy traffic with two lanes in both directions. 

Regardless of the outcome in the election on Sunday I sincerely hope the new government will do something about the Swedish infrastructure soon.