Work completed for the City of Stockholm included not only an assessment of pricing options, but also how to design a pricing policy that also considered the analysis of financing future infrastructure as well as changing user behavior.

Sector

Service

  • Road Asset Management and Network Optimization
  • Asset and data management systems
  • Active Transportation
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Project Value

  • CAD $3.44 M

Project Status

  • 2005 - Ongoing

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WSP Sweden has from the beginning been the lead consultant for the initial development of a congestion charging policy for Stockholm as well as the ex-post evaluations and analyses of necessary system changes.

Large parts of the work have included transportation modelling, ex-ante impact assessments on traffic, environment, and economy (including societal cost benefit analyses). Since the revenues of congestion charging are being used for infrastructure investments the work also includes cash flow analyses of available investment capabilities and specific financing scenarios for infrastructure elements.

The work completed for Stockholm included not only an assessment of pricing options, but also how to design a pricing policy which also considered the analysis of financing future infrastructure as well as changing user behavior.

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The congestion charges in Stockholm are one of the first in the world to have been implemented and, with that, came substantial political and technical risk. The objective of the Stockholm congestion charges was, and partly is, to reduce congestion and reduce environmental effects of car traffic.

These objectives have been extensively evaluated and reported on in both political, professional, and academic literature.

Currently, the challenge is to constantly re-evaluate how congestion charging can contribute to overall (transport) political objectives, with the primary objective being to use the revenues to facilitate the city of Stockholm’s sustainable growth rather than to raise revenue.

As the city changes and develops, the congestion charges need to change. This policy, which was introduced and is in place10 years’ later, represents a policy and technological innovation.