Stockholm congestion charge successful and popular (Sweden)

By Sarah Martens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The Stockholm city congestion charge has become more successful and popular every year.
A new study shows that since the introduction of the congestion charge in 2006, overall traffic levels have been reduced by 29%, with no rise in levels reported on roads just outside the charging zone. In 2006, the congestion charge was supported by only 36% of the city’s residents, but last year acceptance was up to 70%.

Another fact underpinning the success of the congestion charge is that despite falling real term journey costs to enter the charging zone, traffic volume consistently keeps its reduction level of 29% compared to 2005. Concerns such as increased congestion on other routes not passing the charging zone are not supported by the results of the study. People obviously adapt in the long term, find alternative routes and targets, or use other means of transport.

Source: Transport & Environment
More information: Science for Environment Policy Issue 296

Reference: Borjesson, M., Eliasson, J., Hugosson, M. B. & Brundell-Freij, K. (2012). The Stockholm congestion charge – 5 years on. Effects, acceptability and lessons learnt. Transport Policy. 20: 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2011.11.001.
Traffic and demand management