Rekommendationer för funktionell utformning av spårvägssystem

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Trams are not a common feature in Sweden, which leads to some uncertainty about how they work in an urban environment alongside other transport segments. Trams can take many forms, from the classic trams that use the same lanes as cars, to express trams with their own fenced-off embankments, with higher speeds and possibly some form of signal safety system. The purpose of the project is to formulate recommendations for the design and function of new tram systems or changes to existing systems. The goal is to create clearer, more uniform conditions, allowing for good planning and construction outcomes from the beginning and avoiding subsequent costly changes.

The results presented in this report are based on both national and international experiences of different tram systems. Different cities have different conditions, for example in terms of traffic, population and land, which means that the tram systems need to be planned and built in different ways. Technical solutions such as track designs, curve radiuses, signal systems etc. therefore differ from one tram system to the next. However, the design of the system must guarantee rigorous safety and good efficiency for passengers, staff, and persons and vehicles near or crossing the tracks. The tram system, like all traffic environments, must be clear, simple, predictable and easy to understand.

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