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2. Accessibility and Proximity

In Stockholm Royal Seaport, a dense and accessible urban environment is being created with close access to amenities and parks. This contributes to increased equality because there are structural differences between women’s and men’s daily lives and travel patterns. This also contributes to increased opportunities for good mobility irrespective of age, disability, or other individual circumstances.  

To transport more people and more goods sustainably in a growing city, a transition to higher capacity and more resource-efficient means of transport is needed.

The area’s transport hierarchy prioritises walking and cycling, followed by public transport. This reduces environmental impact. This also has health benefits and provides opportunities to travel more affordably and in more equitable ways. Creating green spaces that encourage people to visit the area also contributes to greater biodiversity.

This strategy contributes to the fulfilment of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

This strategy contributes to the fulfilment of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

2.1 Prioritising walking, cycling and public transport

The area’s transport hierarchy prioritises walking and cycling, followed by public transport.

Development sites

Measures on development sites are aimed at promoting the use of sustainable modes of transport. This will support sustainable travel, facilitate pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and contribute to a vibrant city environment. Reduced car use also results in reduced emissions of carbon dioxide and other emissions.

The majority of developers meet parking space requirements for cars, bicycles, and electrical charging points.


  • Bicycle parking spaces 2.2 (Norra 2) and 2.5 (other phases) spaces/dwelling.
  • Car parking spaces 0.5 spaces/dwelling and at least 20 per cent are to be equipped with electrical charging when installed. From and including the Brofästet phase, at least 20 per cent are to be equipped with a charging option and it should be possible to adapt the remaining spaces for electrical charging.
  • Requirements for the first two phases of Norra 1 and Västra are based on voluntary commitments.

The number of car parking spaces has remained at a constant level and is comparable with that of central Stockholm. With the introduction of the Mobility Index, more flexible parking options will be made available to motorists.

The number of bicycle parking spaces has increased in each success phase. The first two phases, Norra 1 and Västra, are based on voluntary commitments and are shown in lighter colours in the table below. These results have been submitted by developers and have not been reviewed by the City of Stockholm. See diagram 2.1 under Bicycle and car spaces on development sites.

Bicycle and car spaces on development sites

Diagram 2.1 Average number of bicycle and car spaces per dwelling

In total, 7,550 bicycle parking spaces and 1,890 car parking spaces have been provided for 6,750 residents.

The need for electrical charging facilities has increased dramatically in recent years. Consequently, this requirement has been adjusted for upcoming land allocations to at least 50 per cent. See table 2.1.

Table 2.1 Bicycle and car parking spaces per development site

Etapp/xxNorra 2BrofästetGasverket västraJackproppenStarkströmmenSödra Värtan NorraVärtaterminalenVästraNorra 1
Norra 2BrofästetGasverket västraJackproppenStarkströmmenSödra Värtan NorraVärtaterminalenVästraNorra 1
Total bicycle parking spaces1.4111.57127314820691402.6761.268
Bicycle parking spaces/dwelling2,32,7Not applicable2,6N/AN/ANA2,11,9
Proportion of indoor bicycle parking spaces, per cent83739970N/A0IUIU
Total car parking spaces295289122971080590355
Car parking spaces/dwelling0,48 0,5 N/A0,5N/AN/AN/A0,50,5
Share of electric vehicle charging point, per cent15 25 0 2110027N/A7 2

Use of the garages was reviewed in 2018. Results showed that occupancy is high. Twelve out of 15 garages had an occupancy rate of more than 95 per cent.

Bicycle parking spaces 

Parking spaces for bicycles and cars per building
Norra 2

Several developers have provided bicycle parking indoors and outdoors. The requirement to prepare for electrical charging has resulted in 15 per cent of car spaces being equipped with charging points. During the evaluation, it was found that the quantitative requirements for bicycle spaces needed to be supplemented with qualitative requirements.

Diagram 2.1.3 Bicycle and car parking spaces per dwelling, Norra 2


  • SSM has fewer car parking spaces because there is a carpool in operation and has more bicycle spaces than the requirement states.
  • Erik Wallin has been granted approval for one car parking space per terraced house.
  • Stockholmshem, Skanska, Bonava, and Wallenstam have space for bicycles in double height racks in bicycle rooms.

From the Brofästet phase onwards, the requirement for bicycle parking has been increased and supplemented with qualitative requirements. All developers meet the accessibility requirement with an even distribution of indoor and outdoor spaces. 25 per cent of car parking spaces have electric charging points.

Diagram 2.6 Bicycle and car spaces per dwelling, Brofästet


  • Tobin Properties, Stockholmshem, Riksbyggen, and HSB have space for bicycles in double height racks in bicycle rooms.
  • Stockholmshem has space for bicycles on balconies, either hung on racks vertically or parallel to walls, which works well.
  • Åke Sundvall has been granted approval for one car parking space per terraced house.
Gasverket Västra

Gasverket Västra is home to old and new buildings. Developers of existing buildings have limited space within these properties. Bicycle parking is located in public open space with the exception of parking spaces assigned to employees. Parking spaces for cars are limited to a small number of disabled spaces.

  • SISAB (Bobergsskolan) has 136 bicycle spaces on development sites but will also have access to 208 bicycle spaces in public open space directly adjacent to the school.
  • The Real Estate Department (Hjorthagshallen) will have 56 bicycle parking spaces that will be shared with the pre-school.
  • Stockholm Transport Museum has three bicycle spaces in a staff bicycle room.
  • CA Fastigheter (building 10) has 28 bicycle spaces outdoors, all of which are fitted with frame locks and half of which are weatherproof. 26 bicycle spaces have been provided by the City of Stockholm in public open spaces.
  • CA Fastigheter (building 20) will have 20 indoor bicycle parking spaces.
  • The City of Stockholm (Gasklocka 2) plans two indoor bicycle parking facilities, one of which will be equipped with charging points.
  • CA Fastigheter (Klätterverket) has two to three bicycle spaces indoors and has access to 70 bicycle spaces along the east side of the building.

In Jackproppen, Erik Wallin has built two structures with apartments and terraced houses. The majority of bicycle spaces are located in bicycle rooms. The figures reported are based on system documentation from 2017. The project is complete, but the developer has not yet delivered updated statistics.

Södra Värtan Norra

From the Värtahamnen phase onwards, the tool Mobility Index has been used to promote sustainable mobility solutions. The tool has been developed with inspiration from the Green Space Index and gives developers greater scope to design mobility solutions adapted to their own properties. Because developers are in the early stages of this project, no results have been reported yet.

Niam (Neapel) has provided a clear description of goods deliveries and co-loading in particular, which shows that the developer’s goods flows are managed effectively. The planning phase also includes a clear description of bicycle and car parking.

Niam (Hangö) has developed a mobility plan that clearly refers to different reviews in an overall plan. The developer has taken a holistic approach regarding the issue of mobility at an early stage of the review process.

Public space

Measures taken in public open spaces facilitate sustainable travel where walking, cycling, and public transport are prioritised.

Walking and cycling

In 2020, a one kilometre-long temporary pedestrian and cycle path was built along the planned development areas in Värtahamnen. This section became slightly longer than planned, but safer by being separated from heavy vehicular traffic.

Reconstruction of Gasverksvägen continues and the section from Rådjursstigen to Ropsten is being broadened and pedestrian and bicycle paths will be added. To enable land remediation in Kolkajen and Ropsten, pedestrian and bicycle paths on Bobergsgatan have been temporary re-laid.

Sweden’s first fully automated cycle garage – Cykelsnurran – is located in Ropsten station car park. This has been part-financed by the City of Stockholm’s climate investment funds. Stockholm Parkering will evaluate this trial scheme and if the results are positive, this could be rolled out to other parts of Stockholm.

Five-minute city

Proximity to private and public amenities plays a key role in determining travel patterns. In Stockholm Royal Seaport, everyday amenities are planned to be within five minutes’ walk. The interactive maps below show how long it takes to get to different types of everyday amenities such as supermarkets, pre-schools, bus stops, and underground trains. In the maps below, each circle corresponds to a five-minute walk, approximately 400 metres, to respective destinations.




Buss and metro stops

Bicycle spaces, electrical charging, and carpools

Bicycle and car parking is being made available in public open spaces. Carpools with on-street electrical charging is available in development areas.

Street bicycle spaces complement those on development land. There are also special parking spaces for carpool cars with charging posts and a fast-charging station available to all. See table 2.2.

For more information on the number of dwellings, see Table 1.1 Key figures >

Table 2.2 Bicycle and car parking spaces in public space

Etapp/xxNorra 2BrofästetGasverket VästraJackproppenVästraNorra 1
Norra 2BrofästetGasverket VästraJackproppenVästraNorra 1
Bicycle parking spaces12038183178134
Car parking spaces111400013680
Electric vehicle charging points8500136
Prepared for carpool parking spaces8500136

Prioritisation of public transport

A number of public transport bus routes have served the area for many years. Stockholm’s transport authority’s investigation of Stockholm Royal Seaport’s future public transport needs resulted in in-depth studies of different transport solutions. Five different packages of measures have been reviewed and evaluated based on the goals that stakeholders have outlined during the review. The report has been approved by the Transport Committee.

During the year, new stops were added for the electrically-powered commuter boat on Line 80. Previously, the service ran between Nybrokajen and Frihamnen, but this has now been extended to include Ropsten to link up with the service to Storholmen. In 2020, the stop for Storholmen was moved temporarily due to construction of the new Lidingö bridge.

In 2019, Lidingö Municipality started construction of a new pedestrian, bicycle and tram bridge that is scheduled to be completed in 2022. This bridge will replace the old bridge and is set to fulfil the transport goal of increasing cycling, walking, and public transport use, and improve safety and access. Land links are being prepared in Ropsten.

Digital survey of travel habits

Within the research project Connected Stockholm Royal Seaport, (Connected SRS), technology is being tested to review if conventional travel habit surveys could completely or partially be replaced. Traffic monitors collect data for the number of vehicles, traffic flows, and vehicle types that pass two selected points. The idea is to use this type of data in combination with other open and available data sources to create a digital survey of travel habits. This could provide a more continuous picture of how and when different journeys are made, and which modes of transport are used. The hope is that the measurements can provide better insights into travel habits and car use in the area. The scalability and potential for this technology to be used in the rest of the city of Stockholm in the future is considered to be good.

What residents think

The 2019 residents survey shows that:

  • 66 per cent are satisfied with public transport. This is an improvement on the 42 per cent who said they were satisfied in 2016. Residents over 65 were generally more satisfied with public transport than other age groups. More residents are satisfied with access to pedestrian and bicycle paths and the ability to walk or cycle to nearby neighbourhoods.
  • Traffic safety in 2019 was perceived to be good by 55 per cent of cyclists and 59 per cent of pedestrians, compared to 43 per cent of cyclists and pedestrians in 2016.
  • 42 per cent use public transport at least five days a week in winter, which is slightly more than the 39 per cent reported in 2016. Residents use public transport more during the winter to travel to and from the area. The equivalent proportion in the summer months is slightly lower, presumably due to more people walking or cycling during this period.

For more information, see diagrams 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4.

Diagram 2.2 How satisfied/dissatisfied are you with your neighbourhood in terms of…?

Note: The 2016 resident survey asked a question regarding road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. In the 2019 survey, the issue of road safety was divided up for pedestrians and cyclists. The proportion of respondents who felt that road safety for pedestrians is good or very good fell slightly. Male pedestrians and cyclists had a generally more positive perception of road safety than women.

Diagram 2.3 How do you travel to and from Stockholm Royal Seaport?

Diagram 2.4 What are the main reasons your household owns a car (%) . 

How targets have been met
2.1 Prioritise walking, cycling and public transport in planningImplementation of planning regulations for walking and cycling. Prioritisation of public transport.

Shortcut ratio varies between 1.07 and 1.36 for those who have the shortest distance to walk to important destinations (Norra 2).

According to the 2019 residents survey, the proportion of residents who are extremely or quite satisfied with access to:

- walkways/pavements 89%
- cycle paths 77%
- public transport 66%
- safety of pedestrians 59%
- cyclists 56%

7,550 bicycle spaces and 1,890 car spaces for 6,750 residents.
8% of on-street car parking spaces for carpooling.
7% of on-street car parking spaces have electrical charging (carpool) and a fast-charge station. 10% of parking spaces on development land have electrical charging.
Increased requirement for electrical charging in future land allocations.

2.2 Vibrant street space

Streets should fulfil multiple functions and should be based on the human scale, focusing on pedestrians and cyclists to create a safe and secure urban environment.


To create vibrant street spaces, stationary vehicles need to be moved away from the streets. In the first phases of Stockholm Royal Seaport, car parking located in garages under buildings. In the later phases, shared decentralised parking garages have been developed to which developers obtain access through parking purchases. Read more

How targets have been met
2.2 Plan for living street space that promotes flexible useStreets for activity and recreation are planned in future phases.
Commercial space: 13%.
Public open spaces with social values: 16% (= 17m2/dwelling).
According to the 2019 residents survey, 79% of residents are extremely/quite satisfied with safety in the area.

2.3 Efficient, sustainable freight transport

Good logistics planning is vital to ensure sustainable transport of materials.

Approximately 50 per cent of material transported in Stockholm is gravel, sand, stone, and earth, in addition to low-value materials such as cement and waste.

The reuse of rock material saves large amounts of journeys on the city’s road network. To date, 650,000 tonnes of rock and spoil have been recycled in Stockholm Royal Seaport, which means that approximately 87,000 round-trip journeys have been avoided through the reuse of material. To make operations more efficient and reduce heavy-load journeys to and from the area, the Construction Consolidation Centre (CCC) was established in 2013 and the Mass Consolidation Centre (MCC) in 2018.

Construction Consolidation Centre

The CCC controls and co-ordinates site traffic into and out of the construction area. All developers and contractors are obliged to join the CCC. The transport booking system is connected to other logistics systems and compatible with industry standards. In 2020, the number of journeys to construction sites was reduced, partly by continuing to limit the number of smaller deliveries and partly by ensuring that point-to-point deliveries were fully loaded. Smaller deliveries were reduced by 80 per cent, co-loading was 80 per cent (target 75 per cent), and the load factor for point-to-point journeys was 76 per cent (target 50 per cent). By co-ordinating waste management from the construction area, the need for journeys is further reduced.

In 2020, a fresh survey was conducted on customer satisfaction about the CCC’s operations. The total NKI has increased slightly from 70 per cent to 72 per cent since the last survey in 2019. Analysis shows that customers are most satisfied with information about the services that CCC offers. Other issues that have a strong connection with NKI are satisfaction with logistics meetings, as well as road access, walkways, and public spaces. It is primarily the user-friendliness and functionality of the delivery planning tool (STC) that has been improved, as well as information regarding materials stored in the CCC warehouse.

Construction Consolidation Centre, Resource efficiency and climate responsibility >

Mass Consolidation Centre

The Mass Consolidation Centre (MCC) manages bulk materials related to the project’s construction activities. Bulk materials are an important resource for the expansion of the city. They are sorted and reused locally which also reduces the number of heavy truck journeys. The MCC facility is financed with grants from the City of Stockholm’s climate investment funds.

In 2020, the MCC contributed to a reduction of 150 long-distance journeys to external reception facilities. The reason for the lower volume is that less remediation work was carried out and that a greater proportion of hazardous waste was transported directly to landfill. Of the bulk materials taken to the MCC, the reuse of materials and efficient use of trucks with trailers resulted in a 23 per cent reduction in the number of journeys from the area.

Following the opening of the facility, nearby residents complained about noise levels and dust. In 2019, extensive noise measurements were taken, and reviews were conducted into how dust control measurements could be implemented. In 2020, noise reduction measures were procured and installed in the form of containers and noise-reduction matting, which was laid in, for example, loading, unloading, and crushing areas. Since then, noise measurements have shown these measures to have been effective. To prevent dust from spreading, water sprinklers have been installed in appropriate areas. These measures enable crushing and bulk materials handling to be carried out close to urban areas and heavy truck journeys can be reduced by about 90 per cent.

Mass Consolidation Centre , Resource efficiency and climate responsibility >

How the Mass Consolidation Centre works >

How targets have been met
2.3  Infrastructure should support co-loading and efficient, sustainable freight transport
Established CCC and MCC.
Co-loading effect in the construction area was 80%.
Updated 2021-10-13

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Key figures:

  • 7,550 bicycle parking spaces and 1,890 car spaces for 6,750 residents.
  • 10% of the car parking spaces on development land are equipped with electrical charging.
  • 5 minutes to basic amenities.