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Train delays in Stockholm due to winter weather

Train delays in Stockholm due to winter weather

Published: 19 Dec 2009 10:37 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Dec 2009 10:37 GMT+01:00

Major train delays in Stockholm and the surrounding region were reported on Friday afternoon and evening. Several trains were delayed or cancelled due to winter weather and a train stalled on the tracks between Flemingsberg and Södertälje. Trains are expected to be running on schedule on Saturday.

Inclement weather has also affected public transportation in several other regions of Sweden. Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reported that different cities have had different reactions to delays in terms of local “travel guarantees” (resegaranti).

The travel guarantees offer reimbursement for taxi fare to passengers who are significantly delayed on public transportation. It doesn't apply in cases where planned disruptions for maintenance, among other things, have been announced ahead of time.

On Thursday, Skånetrafiken cancelled its travel guarantee, SvD reported. The public transport provider for southern Sweden invoked force majeure, which means that no reimbursement is to be paid in case of extreme conditions that cannot be controlled.

Stockholm Public Transport (SL) in the Swedish capital has yet to follow suit. SL press secretary Gisela Poellinger told SvD that the travel guarantee would be withdrawn only if “the entire community is completely cut shut down.”

“But not for a serious weather situation where the situation is back and forth. A passenger can't be expected to be able to predict such things,” she said.

TT/Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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16:12 December 19, 2009 by aaww
i wonder if Sweden is a tropical country where snow show up every 150 years.
16:55 December 19, 2009 by Henckel
Since railway travel in Sweden is more important to the economy and the traveling public than in the USA, rail delays and cancellations sound a lot like airline delays and cancellations here in the States.

By the way, the failure of the climate-change conference is most opportune, as there is growing evidence that Christopher Lord Monckton is correct in his assertion that we are entering a period of global cooling, not global warming.
18:45 December 19, 2009 by the pigeon hunter
i agree with aaww. its not like a lot of snow is entirely unexpected in this country. yet there went the government and bought french trains which are entirely unequipped to take snow and cold weather.

i have always praised swedish efficiency but SL is clearly an epic fail.
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