Trollhättan is a small, tranquil town in a very charming, pristine landscape. There is the Götaland Canal, the E45, a better road and a single track railway connection. In addition a small airport. Not exactly a sparkling infrastructure for the automotive industry.
In the course of the Saab crisis (not the current one), the government decided in 2004 to strengthen the infrastructure in Västragötland. “Bana Väg i Väst”, the project to improve the connection from Trollhättan to the west towards Gothenburg, is now being put to the test by the “Riksrevisionen” - a kind of national control authority. The project, which came about particularly under pressure from GM under the promise of securing the location by the Americans (!), Appears to be more expensive than planned. Not everything went as it should when expanding the E45 to Trollhättan and the double-track rail connection.
It is interesting that this project comes into focus at a time when the Trollhättan automotive location is more at risk than ever. In the city there are research, development and university facilities, such as the Innovatum, which all focus on the automotive industry.
Whether one remembers in Stockholm, also in view of the threat of downturn, and Saab helps under the arms? Because the production in Trollhättan one day no longer exists, the money for the infrastructure was indeed badly invested.
Without Saab, it is questionable whether the research institutions and the university can maintain the same status as before. Maybe someone in Stockholm will finally show courage. Takes the car manufacturer into state custody for a manageable period and thus secures Trollhättan. End the suffering for employees, suppliers - and for me ;-). The Americans have already done something similar with GM that was not to the detriment of the United States. The risk would be even less for the Swedes. There are currently investors available who please the government.
It would only be a small period of low risk, as binding contracts are ready. In addition, ready spent tax money would be secured.
So, Mr. Reinfeldt or Mrs. Olofsson, how about?