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 take measures to strengthen the infrastructure in Västragötland. "Bana Väg i Väst", the project which aims to improve the connection from Trollhättan to the west in the direction of Gothenburg, is now being scrutinized by the "Riksrevisionen" - a kind of national control authority. The project, which came about primarily due to pressure from GM under the promise of securing the location by the Americans (!), Seems to be more costly than planned. Also, with the expansion of the E45 to Trollhättan and the double-track rail connection, not everything went as it should.
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?