Linköping is developing at a rapid pace
Few places in Sweden have developed at such a rapid pace as Linköping municipality. The fact that Linköping is growing is positive – for those of us who live here as well as for businesses.
The more people that live and work here, the bigger the labour market gets and the more growth increases. It also means that supply increases as the customer base grows. Linköping is the region’s motor of growth.
Together with nearby Norrköping we will eventually make up a region of half a million inhabitants. Frequent and fast rail and bus connections will link the two cities and each of them to the surrounding region and to other urban centres. The projected high-speed railway, airports within comfortable travelling distance and efficient systems for goods transports will furthermore strengthen the international competitiveness of local trade and industry.
Aiming for 250 000
Our long term planning allows for 250 000 inhabitants in the municipality. That doesn’t mean that we’ll grow to those numbers in the next few years, but in the long term. Linköping will become a major city and we want to create the conditions for growing in the best possible way.
Our long term planning is for a city that is economical, environmental and socially sustainable. Our planning specifies that we want additional housing construction and expansion areas for residential housing to be within or immediately adjacent to the present city. This will eventually make Linköping a denser, rounder and more closely connected city than it is today. Over the next decade (2017-2027) around 13 000 new homes will be built in the municipality.
Attractive inner city
An attractive inner city is key to the development of the city as well as the region. The inner city belongs to everyone, and inner city characteristics are in high demand. The development of the inner city also contributes to making the city more sustainable in the long term.
We want the inner city to be alive around the clock. For that reason we are planning and building for commercial and other activities on the ground floor, with residential units above.
The inner city has to grow both geographically and in the number of inhabitants. This will happen through densification, but also through connecting parts which are not currently considered central with what is today the inner city, and giving them inner city characteristics. Today there are just over 20 000 inhabitants in the inner city. Over time we will become 50 000.
More city life, more people, better environment
In a city being planned for 250 000 inhabitants, of which 50 000 will be in the inner city, the traffic system is important. We only have one street space, and when the city grows and there has to be room for everyone, we need to change the traffic over the long term. We’re planning for a city whose traffic allows for more city life, more people and a better environment.
Our goal is to change how the means of transportation are distributed. More people will be walking, cycling and travelling on public transport than travelling by car. This goal is intended to allow those of us who live in the growing city to use the street space in smarter ways, so that there is room for everyone. This will also help us achieve another goal: becoming a carbon neutral municipality.