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Welcome to Spårvägsforum November 11-12th 2021

November 11-12th 2021 it's time for a physical edition of Spårvägsforum. We will meet in Stockholm in a tram environment to network and lear more about what's new in our sector. Of course we will also bring back our popular networking dinner. 

The program is being finalised, but we will have a technical visit, international outlooks and interesting panel discussions. 

The conference is from lunch to lunch, Thursday and Friday November 12th. Spaces are more limited than usual due to fire restrictions so don't wait too long to sign up. 

The agenda will be published on this page as it is finalised. 

>> You can sign up and secure your spot by clicking here!

Last day to sign up is November 4th.



Thursday November 11th (mostly in Swedish)

12.06 - Special tram service departs Ropsten directly to the venue

12.15 - 13.25 - Lunch and networking

13.25 - 13.30 - Welcome to Spårvägsforum
General info from the organizers

13.30 - 14.00 - A brief look into the past and future of Lidingöbanan (SWE)
Lars H Ericsson, light rail expert, Lidingö citizen and former CSO at SLL will give us an overview of the history and future of Lidingöbanan and how it has influenced Lidingö and will influence it in the future. 

14.00 - 15.00 - Study visit along Lidingöbanan (SWE)
Following Lars H Ericsson's presentation, you will have the chance to see some of the things described in real life. Includes a short stop att Gåshaga with a walk - please dress for the weather. 

15.00 - 15.30 - Coffee and networking break

15.30 - 16.30 - Future tramways of Stockholm (SWE)
The public transport plan for 2050 is on its way, what will this mean for the future om tramways in Stockholm? Silfverhielm, rail traffic strategist at Region Stockholm will give us a look into the future of tramways in Stockholm. 

16.30 - 17.00 - Automated People Movers - A new kind of light rail for Sweden (SWE)
The presentation of Automated People Movers (APM) is an introduction to this mode of transportation. Lundell discusses what installations and buildings that are included in the APM systems, principals for line design and in what situations APMs are a sustainable competitive option to other modes of transport. The presentation also includes pictures, diagrams and some realised international examples - including two modern systems in central Italy. Presenter is Torbjörn Lundell, architect with focus on travel, transport and infrastructure and one of few architects in Sweden with experience of planning APM systems.

19.00 - Networking dinner - Hotel Scandic Foresta


Friday November 12th (in English)

8.30 - Venue opens

9.00 – 9.45 – International Outlook - The comeback of public transport after Covid
Patrick Laval, journalist and light rail expert gives us an idea of what to expect in terms of passenger return on public transport, using data from France. 

9.45 – 10.15 – Skoda Transtech – Building a new tram for Tampere and Helsinki
Ollipekka Heikkilä will give us an overview into the new light rail vehicles for Tampere and Helsinki, their innovative features and lessons learned with comes to designing rolling stock that was to work on both brand new infrastructure as well as older.

10.15 – 10.45 – Networking break

10.45 – 11.30 – How artificial intelligence will change the future of Light Rail
Artificial intelligence can make a big difference for the light rail systems of the future. Johan C Haveland from Asistobe will give us an insight in where and how AI can make operating a light rail system less complicated and less expensive.

11.30 – 12.15 –  Presentation of the Program document of Uppsala light rail project and examples of sustainability in action
Filippa Jansson and Alexandre Sautter from SYSTRA will take you on a brief walkthrough of the Uppsala LRT project history and of main topics raised during the program phase. They’ll end the presentation with a discussion of sustainability, explaining why we think this is a natural part of all projects and giving examples of good practices.

12.15 – Lunch and end of conference

13.14 – Tram departs from venue to Ropsten
Please be on time for this departure, as the tram will not be able to wait due to regular traffic on the line. 


Exhibition spaces

We have spaces for available for companies or organisations who want to display their products or services for all the participants. The exhibition space is shared with the coffee area and hence provide a good opportunity for you to interact with our participants. In the price for the exhibition stand one participant fee is included, and if you wish to add more participants you can simply add them through the booking dialogue. Exhibition spaces are booked through the regular booking flow. 


We recommend staying at Scandic Foresta. It is within easy reach of the Lidingö tramway so you can easily get to and from the conference venue. It is also the location of our networking dinner. For those wishing to stay more centrally in Stockholm, Lidingö is very easy to reach with public transport. 

>> Read more about the hotel here


The conference will be held in an active tramway depot. There will be a special tram running directly from the Ropsten terminus to the venue at the beginning and end of the conference. If you do not wish to travel with this charter, the venue is connected with regular trams and the stop is just a short walk away. Please note that this is an active depot. Be careful not to trip, give priority to trams and do not wander outside the conference area.  

The covid virus and us

We will follow all directives and guidelines published by the Swedish authorities and we require that you as participants do the same. We will offer you free covid self tests, face mask and hand sanitiser. If events are once again banned by the authorities, we will transition to a virtual agenda instead. 

Registration to the event is binding, however if we have to convert to a digital platform you are more than welcome to cancel your registration free of charge as we realise that virtual events do not carry the same benefits as physical in person events.