From the beginning, the Stockholm public transport company put a lot of emphasis on collaboration as a tool to develop a design language that expresses Stockholm’s unique spirit of honesty and minimalism without compromising material and form”, explains Michael Sohn, Head of Industrial Design at Bombardier Transportation. “We were motivated by our shared desire to build an attractive vehicle that would be instantly recognizable,” continues Sohn. It would appear that the cooperative effort has been a success. In 2016, Stockholm’s MOVIA C30 vehicle won international recognition with a prestigious GOOD DESIGN® Award.
Stockholm has one of the best public transport systems in the world. The “Tunnelbana” metro network is more than 108 kilometres long – of which 62 underground.
Ordered in 2013, the new metros will start operating on the red line of Stockholm’s “Tunnelbana” (T-Bana) in 2019. A cornerstone to this vehicle’s success has been the long and deep partnership between manufacturer Bombardier and Stockholm’s public transport company, Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL). All of T-Bana’s previous metro vehicles were designed and built by Bombardier, or one of its predecessors, enabling all parties to work as a team when developing the new generation of metros.
Similar to architecture, designing a train requires looking at the entire context “building” – from façade to the layout and interior equipment. All passengers should feel comfortable while at the same time complex requirements for cost efficiency and sustainability have to be met accordingly.
Bombardier supplies 96 MOVIA metros to Stockholm. The order also includes an option for 80 additional vehicles.
Greater comfort for increasing passenger numbers
The project’s two main requirements were to accommodate larger passenger numbers while delivering an exceptional travel experience. On one hand, as one of Europe’s fastest growing urban centers, Stockholm needs greater transport capacity, but at the same time, the Swedish capital didn’t want to compromise – they still wanted an attractive vehicle that would be a city icon for the next 30 years.
Bombardier delivered with a striking vehicle that embraced Scandinavia’s design tradition – a blend of wide open spaces, transparency and soft light with an emphasis on modernity, diversity and inclusion. Outside, the MOVIA C30 train demands attention at first glance with its illuminated windshields front and back and an elegant but powerful streamlined form. But, just as with a building, equal attention was given to the interior where passengers would spend most of their time.
Here you’ll instantly notice the wide open spaces filled with a subdued lighting arrangement that invites you inside. Capacity and space have been cleverly increased delivering wider seats, doors and windows that making entry and exit quicker and easier. Passengers with limited mobility or travelers with baby carriages or luggage will get more space than ever as well. All of which seeks to accommodate the red line’s growing ridership – expected to increase with an ongoing upgrade that will increase the frequency of service from 24 to 30 trains per hour.
Thore Sekkenes, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Sweden believes, “Whenever public transport is designed based on a blend of aesthetics and sustainability, passenger volume will increase. With this metro design, Stockholm has brought this approach to a new level and Stockholm’s local transport system will be ready to meet the needs of this growing city for many years to come.”