Malmö Central Station
Southern facade and bus terminal
|Elevation||3 m (9.8 ft)|
|Line(s)||Southern Main Line, City Tunnel|
|Distance||617.8 km (383.9 mi) from Stockholm C|
Malmö Central Station (Swedish: Malmö centralstation) is a railway station on the Southern Main Line in Malmö, Sweden opened in 1856. It serves approximately 17 million passengers per year, making it the third busiest in Sweden behind Stockholm Central Station and Gothenburg Central Station, if counting all embarking and disemberking train passengers at this station. But by counting all passengers at Helsingborg Central station, including the ferry passengers at the HH Ferry route, this would stir the passenger top list around. Further is Stockholm Central station to become much smaller in the future, as all commuter trains which stop there, no longer will be doing so when a new tunnel under Stockholm is inaugurated around 2020. In general are all figures considering the largest railway stations in Sweden unclear and estimated rather than meassured. And ticket statistics doesn't help either, as many ticket types are valid for any of the three large stations in Malmö City.
With the opening of City Tunnel in 2010, the station began through services connecting south to Copenhagen via the Oresund Line, to stations north on the Southern Main Line, saving at least 15 minutes for through passengers.
Malmö Station was first opened in 1856, coinciding with the opening of the Malmö–Lund railway. At the time, the area was considered the outer edge of the city, but was convenient to Copenhagen-bound ferries, which loaded and unloaded in the Inre hamnen right in front of the station building.
The building was nearly destroyed in a fire ten years later, on 14 December 1866. When the building was reconstructed, the bell tower was kept. That part, between the platforms and the square Centralplan, was reopened in 1872.
More and more lines were built and consequently more and more tracks and train sheds were needed. The new train shed with four new tracks opened in 1891. The Malmö-Kontinentens Järnväg from Malmö to Trelleborg was built in 1898. In 1926, Malmö Central Station became the station's official name.
Though the train shed was built as a terminus, there is also a single through-line for freight next to the station building, allowing hopper wagons to access the port, where they serve a large granary plant producing most of the flour for baking in the counties of Skåne and Halland.
In 2000, both local and long-distance trains began running directly to Denmark via the new Öresund Bridge. Malmö became the centre of the new Oresundtrain regional railway system spanning eastern Denmark and much of southern Sweden, which in 2009 became integrated with local buses and trains in most of its service areas. The trains were, however, forced to reverse direction in Malmö’s terminal station, creating delays for anyone travelling to Denmark from Lund and beyond, and restricting the frequency of service, as each train had to both enter and leave Malmö by the same tracks, taking up space in between.
This situation was solved with the opening of the City Tunnel in December 2011, finally allowing through traffic. All passenger traffic to/from Denmark now uses the tunnel, and most local trains use it too, terminating instead at Hyllie station at the other end of the tunnel if not going beyond Malmö.
The tunnel tracks make up tracks 1-4, and most traffic has shifted to this new lower level of Malmö Central Station. The main overall roof sees relatively little traffic. It was renovated at the same time to accommodate occasional long-distance trains including some services to Stockholm and the night express to Berlin. Its tracks are numbered 5-10 (six tracks as opposed to the original seven: one track was torn up during renovation to allow for more commercial space adjacent to the Centralplan bus terminal). The adjacent train shed previously used for local Pågatågen was demolished in its entirety to allow for an extension to the Centralplan, its traffic taken over by the City Tunnel.
In 2011 Malmö Central Station won the Brunel Award for its architecture.
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