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Public transport and environmentally friendlier alternatives

Stockholm Arlanda is already one of Sweden’s largest railway stations. It is possible to travel to the airport either by long-distance train or local commuter train, as well as high-speed rail service (Arlanda Express). Many bus and coach companies also provide service to and from Stockholm Arlanda. Among the companies serving the airport, Stockholm Transport (SL), Upplands Lokaltrafik (UL) and Flygbussarna Airport Coaches operate buses and coaches that run on renewable fuel.

Stockholm Arlanda was also the first airport in the world to buy biogas-fuelled buses for passenger service inside the airport area, and today all new buses bought by Swedavia run on renewable sources of energy. The target is for all of the airport’s own buses to operate on such energy sources by 2012.

Major investments in public transport

To persuade even more people to use public transport to and from the airport, major investments are now under way that will lead to:

  • Improved capacity in the railway network.
  • Improved accessibility by train and bus.
  • Reductions in the environmental impact of road transport to and from Stockholm Arlanda (by increasing the percentage of environmentally clean vehicles).

Environmentally clean vehicles receive preferential treatment

For those who choose to ride in a taxi, there is already a separate ecotaxi queue outside the airport terminals, in front of the other taxis. By 2007 more than 30 percent of taxis serving Stockholm Arlanda were environmentally clean vehicles. The airport’s target is that all taxis that serve Stockholm Arlanda shall be ecotaxis by 2011. The airport also gives preferential treatment to clean vehicles, for example by allowing them to park in the best spaces at Stockholm Arlanda.

Aircraft fuel transport by train

Since October 2006, aviation kerosene is transported by railway from Gävle to a reloading station in Brista, and is then pumped to the airport’s fuel depot in a pipeline. Earlier, the fuel was carried by nearly 50 tanker lorries per day from oil harbours in Stockholm to Stockholm Arlanda Airport − a far less environmentally friendly process.