Bengt Holmberg, Professor in Traffic Planning at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University (LTH), is responsible Sida’s international training programme on “Urban Transport”. During the three years the programme has been running he has met participants from all over the world. The training is designed to give new actual knowledge but another important aim is to stimulate ideas by showing good examples and solutions.
“Sweden is a pioneer in many areas connected with traffic and transport. We have a lot to give in the field of traffic safety. Another area is for example the organising of public transport, where we have today reached a point that many others aspire to reach, with central procurement from private suppliers, coordinated fare and ticket systems etc.”
During the weeks of training in Sweden theoretical education is mixed with study visits. Stockholm Transport (SL) and a private subcontractor have been visited, as has the Stockholm Traffic Information Centre. A lecture has also been given on congestion charges and one of the city’s toll stations has been visited.
In Copenhagen the participants studied how the building of the Örestad Metro had been financed by selling land to developers, a solution that may be practical in countries with limited financial resources.
In Malmö lanes and safety solutions for pedestrians and cyclists were studied, a subject that is of great interest in many developing countries, where many of those killed or injured in traffic are pedestrians and cyclists.
“The participants’ areas of interest vary according to the needs of their respective countries but I notice that they respond with a lot of ideas. What the participants learn from each other is also a very important part of the education; many problems recur even if the conditions differ between countries.”
Last modified 10 Sep 2010
Lectures and study visits alternate with study visits for four intensive weeks in Lund. The participants then present an idea for a project to be implemented in the participant’s own country.
Bengt Holmberg has been professor of traffic planning since 1994 and works at the Department of Technology and Society
Study visits to the Örestad and Copenhagen Metro.