Gothenburg Central Station

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Gothenburg Central Station
GothenburgCentral.jpg
Gothenburg Central Station, the old part
Station statistics
Address GothenburgGothenburg Municipality
Sweden
Coordinates 57°42′32″N 11°58′24″E / 57.70889°N 11.97333°E / 57.70889; 11.97333Coordinates: 57°42′32″N 11°58′24″E / 57.70889°N 11.97333°E / 57.70889; 11.97333
Elevation 3 m
Line(s) Western Main Line
Bohus Line
Norway/Vänern Line
West Coast Line
Coast-to-Coast Line
Distance 457 km (Stockholm C)
Platforms 16
Other information
Opened 1858
Architect Adolf W. Edelsvärd
Owned by Jernhusen
Operator SJ
Västtrafik
Öresundståg
NSB

Gothenburg Central Station (Swedish: Göteborgs centralstation, Göteborg C) is the main railway station of Gothenburg, Sweden. The station serves 27 million passengers per year,[1] making it the second largest railway station in Sweden after Stockholm Central Station. The station opened on October 4, 1858. The station is situated in the city of Gothenburg, right by Drottningtorget. The Gothenburg Central Station, Centralhuset and Nils Ericson Terminalen is a part of Resecentrum, Göteborg.[2] Gothenburg Central Station is owned and administered by Jernhusen.[3]

History[edit]

The western entrance

Numerous railways were built across Sweden in the 19th century. One of the first distances was the one between Gothenburg and Jonsered. As the railway grew more popular, the need for a station emerged. The Gothenburg Central Station was built between 1856 and 1858. The architect in charge was Adolf Wilhelm Edelsvärd.

Some reconstructions have been made to the station since its opening in 1858. There used to be engine shed by the station but it has been removed. In 1923, a fire destroyed parts of the station, so the interior had to be rebuilt. The current interior design is similar to the 1923 model with wood pillars, glass ceiling and a floor made of limestone.

During the 19th and early 20th century about one million Swedish emigrants passed the station in order to get to the harbour. Their final destination would be America.[3]

In February 2007, a bomb threat was addressed to the Gothenburg police. The bombing was to take place on the Gothenburg Central Station. Later that day, a bag was found in the old parts of the station. The evacuation of the station began at 21.30 and two hour later the station was free to open again. The bag was examined and no high explosive was found.[4]

In January 2010, a one square metre (11 Sq Ft) section of the station's glass ceiling collapsed after ice had fallen onto it. One person suffered bruises by falling glass splinters and big parts of the station was closed due to safety reasons. [5][6]

Tracks and other connections[edit]

Departures in the morning

There are 16 platform tracks at the station. Trains depart and arrive from five different railway lines:

The choice of track depend mainly on which railway the train will use. This is because there is a wish to avoid crossing train paths, which would create waiting times. Trains to the Bohus Line and Norway/Vänern Line generally use track 7-11. Trains to the Western Main Line generally use track 1-7. Trains to the West Coast Line and Coast-to-Coast Line generally use track 11-16.

Drottningtorget is a junction for trams and lies right by the Gothenburg Central Station. Nordstan also has a large tram stop and the biggest shopping mall in Scandinavia,[7] is connected to the station by an underground pedestrian tunnel.[8]

The Station Lounge[edit]

The Station Lounge is located by track 9 at the station. There is an access fee of 149 SEK[9] which includes restaurant food, news papers and WLAN internet. There is also a bar. The conference section is supplied with modern equipment and admits 4-50 persons.

Maintenance[edit]

The old parts of the station is included in the city council's Bevarningsprogram (English: Preserving Program) 1975 and 1987.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Starbucks öppnar på två av Sveriges största tågstationer i samarbete med SSP" (in Swedish). Cision. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  2. ^ http://www.resecentrumgoteborg.se/
  3. ^ a b http://www.jernhusen.se/templates/Page.aspx?id=982
  4. ^ http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/avsparrning-av-goteborgs-centralstation-slappt
  5. ^ Mattson, Anna (2010-02-22). "Takras på Göteborgs centralstation". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  6. ^ Seinegård, Marieanne (2010-02-23). "Delar av Centralen utrymdes". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  7. ^ Fastighetsvärlden, 20 Största Köpcentrum, 28 August 2007
  8. ^ http://www.stationsinfo.se/station/GoteborgCentral
  9. ^ http://www.jernhusen.se/templates/Page.aspx?id=2056
  10. ^ Kulturhistoriskt värdefull bebyggelse i Göteborg: Ett program för bevarande, del I, by Gudrun Lönnroth, published by Göteborgs Stadsbyggnadskontor 1999 ISBN 91-89088-04-2 p. 51