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Registration open for Spårvägsforum 2021

Welcome to this spring's Spårvägsforum 2021!

For information in Swedish, click the language button in the upper right corner. 

It is time for the most important annual event in the Swedish tramway sector. Since the world is not back to normal yet, we will adapt the conference. Read more about that below in the section "Covid and us" 

The agenda is as always planned so that everyone can find something they're interested in. It won't matter if you're working with daily maintenance of vehicles or if you're an executive - you will find something that you like. Many, but not all, agenda points will be in English too for our international guests.  


Confirmed speakers (more to come)

Thursday May 27th 13.00-16.00

Welcome to Lund's new tramway! Together with the tram operator Vy Buss we make a virtual technical visit along the line and the depot. We will visit this new tramway line, hear the operator's experiences of starting a new type of public transport from scratch and get a chance to see the infrastructure up close. This agenda point will also feature a presentation about the line and city development in general.  (SWE/ENG)

Retrofitting batteries in older rolling stock - The lifecycle of rolling stock is long, and modernization of rolling stock that meet today's demands is necessary. Many cities opt for a catenary free systems when expanding their systems or building new ones for many reasons such as to preserve a historic city center or reduce the maintenance requirements of the tramway line or decrease the investment cost. But can the older rolling stock be retrofitted with batteries to meet the requirements of the catenary free systems? Hitachi rail has run a trial in Florence, Italy and will share their experience and outlook (ENG)

– Collision avoidance systems - Collisions - no matter how minor are expensive to fix, causes disruptions of operations and takes time to repair. So how do we minimize the number of collisions and at the same time reduce maintenance cost? We look towards other industries and implement that technology on trams too. Bosch has developed anti collision technology, and Dr. Ruprecht Anz from Bosch engineering will share the latest developments with us. (ENG)


Friday May 28th 9.00-12.00

Why do we travel the way we do? - Camilla Struckmann, communications director at Movia will present a study that analyzes why people do the choices they do in public transport. What are the important lessons to keep in mind when planning new tramways and other public transport? And how do we gain customers back post covid? The study takes an anthropological approach to questions usually answered with travel surveys to provide a deeper understanding. 

Very Light Rail - the next step in rolling stock development?- A development project from Coventry in the UK aims to develop lighter vehicles and infrastructure, which will make tramways easier and cheaper to build, and also make it accesible for smaller cities. Nicola Small, senior programme manager for the project participates and will tell us more about the project. (ENG)

More ways to finance tramways - Building tramways and investing in rolling stock is a significant investment and financing can often be a challenge for cities and regions. KFW, the German Investment bank will present alternative options to finance your new tramway or fleet renewal, and a case from Germany will be presented (ENG)

International Outlook from Graz, Austria - This year we are honored to be visited by Wolfgang Feigl (Head of the Transport Planning Department) and Bertram Werle (Head of the City Planning Department) from the city of Graz in Austria. The city is in a very expansive phase of their tramways, and we will hear not only of the new tramways, but also how they will influence the city and future plans. (ENG)

More agenda points to come!


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Last day to register is May 24th

Welcome to join us online May 27th-28th!


Practical information
The event takes place over two days, from lunch to lunch. The price to participate is 1950 SEK. 

Registration to the conference is binding, but you can change the name on the registration up until the event starts. Just send an email to our office.

Please note that Spårvagnsstäderna is a non-profit organization and not registered for VAT. 

The event is open for everyone (usually only open for members), but carries a fee. Feel free to take this chance to see what our organization is about. If you are a student we can offer you free participation, send us an email for instructions on how to do that. 

The event runs for two half days, May 27th 13.00-17.00 and May 28th 9.00-12.00. 

Your personal info
We handle your personaly info as responsibly as we can. We save the info we need for billing and for our annual reports to our members. Other information will be deleted after the conference.


What about a physical meeting?
Unfortunately, due to government restrictions we are unable to hold a physical meeting at this time. We hope we will be able to do so in the late fall instead, on a special fall edition.