Benny Andersson, the most high-profile opponent of a controversial plan to revamp a major road junction, has reacted with delight to news that Stockholm’s political leaders have moved to block the project.
The new red-green majority in City Hall said they would shelve the multi-billion kronor project pending a new inquiry, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.
“This is the best news I’ve heard for a long time,” the former Abba star told news agency TT.
Andersson was so enraged by the divisive redevelopment plans that he once threatened to resurrect the supergroup and write a song about Slussen, a clover-shaped junction that links the historic Gamla Stan island with the southern part of the city.
Slussen on Friday. Photo: The Uppsala Koala/Twitter
The decision by the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party to block the plan means a 20-year-old dispute looks set to rage on for some more years.
In a joint statement, the three red-green parties said none of Slussen would now be demolished, while any ongoing works – such as the laying of new cables – would only be completed if necessary for compelling reasons such as safety.
After concluding that the Slussen redevelopment would cost 1.3 billion kronor ($181 million) more than planned, the new majority in City Hall decided to slam on the brakes.