• Sweden edition
 

Swedish transport mayhem continues

Published: 23 Feb 2010 08:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Feb 2010 08:05 GMT+01:00

Stockholm local transport authority, SL, has deployed an additional 30-40 buses to to replace metro train services to the suburbs of the city. There are now 200 metro replacement buses on the roads.

The Stockholm metro will continue to run only on those stretches of track which run underground. Roslagsbanan and Lidingöbanan are running as normal, while the Saltsjöbanan is running a twice hourly service.

"We are taking it an hour at a time. We're letting services run at a pace at which we are comfortable that safety can be maintained," said Jesper Pettersson at SL.

The National Rail Administration (Banverket) was unable to confirm on Monday evening when services would return to normal. The meteorological office, SMHI, meanwhile warned that more harsh weather was on the way.

"We have 1,400 staff working feverishly around the clock to remove snow and ice around the junctions. But the situation also depends on the coming weather conditions," Helena Thorsson at Banverket concluded.

Snow fell in southern areas of Sweden including Skåne, Blekinge, Kalmar, eastern Kronoberg and on Gotland on Monday. In some areas more than 10 centimetres fell before pushing north-east.

SMHI has issued a class 1 (of four, with four being the highest) storm warning for parts of southern Sweden.

A class 1 storm warning carries a "certain risk to the general public" and can cause disruption in some services.

Stina Sjöström at SMHI offers some solace for rail travellers, however, as she doesn't think the snow falls will cause additional problems for rail services.

"The worst arrived at the weekend," she said.

But Skånetrafiken, the local transport authority in the far south of Sweden, warns on its homepage on Tuesday of delays in both bus and train services.

Rail services between Stockholm and Gothenburg are expected to get going during the day, although delays are expected.

National rail operator, SJ, has been criticized for claiming that its travel guarantee, by which passengers can reclaim their outlay in the instance of delays, is not valid during the current cold spell.

"You can not just terminate a guarantee. By going out with this in the media SJ are just trying to frighten off passengers from submitting a claim," said consumer ombudsman Gunnar Larsson to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

State-owned SJ claims that it has acted properly, explaining that the current situation is extreme and lies outside of the firm's control. They thus claim force majeure.

The National Rail Administration has in turn been criticised by freight firm Green Cargo. Mats Hollander at the firm claims that the situation has become acute, telling Sveriges Television (SVT) that the situation is comparable to Stockholm Arlanda Airport being closed for a week.

The Administration hopes that the Hallsberg-Örebro route will open later on Tuesday, while Hallsberg-Mjölby is next in line for snow clearance.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

10:28 February 23, 2010 by Twiceshy
Sweden is able to deal with snow. The roads and sidewalks are clean and safe enough to walk and drive.

SJ and Banverket, on the other hand...
12:27 February 23, 2010 by wifey
@Twiceshy

Yup, they can. The others...pffff...

I dare anyone to go to a certain county just south of Sweden when there is a snow storm or anything you might consider slightly heavy snow fall....You can forget about driving anywhere let alone even seeing a sidewalk.
13:27 February 23, 2010 by texasgubbar
'I guess the country is not as idustrious are advanced as people are led to believe. '

Having an African make that statement is a little like the elephant man pointing out the blemish on Elin Nordegrens nose.
Today's headlines
Business & Money
Profit leap for Swedbank
A branch of Swedbank in Malmö. Photo. TT

Profit leap for Swedbank

Swedbank has seen its profits rise higher than expected. READ  

New coalition
Sick pay U-turn from Sweden's new coalition
Stefan Löfven has changed his strategy on sick pay. Photo: TT

Sick pay U-turn from Sweden's new coalition

Small businesses won't face rising sick pay costs, following a policy reversal from Sweden's new coalition government. READ  

Presented by CurrencyFair
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
CurrencyFair co-founder Brett Meyers

CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers

Tired of losing money when you send cash back home? Join other expats in Sweden who avoid bank fees and hidden charges by sending money internationally with CurrencyFair, an online marketplace where secure transactions are faster and cheaper. READ  

Stockholm 'submarine' hunt
Vessel hunt continues at 'full strength'
Minehunter HMS Koster takes part in the search in the Stockholm archipelago on Sunday. Photo: Marko Säävälä/TT

Vessel hunt continues at 'full strength'

The search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago continues with "full strength" on Tuesday morning, according to Sweden's armed forces. READ  

Ebola crisis
Sweden hit by two Ebola false alarms in two days
The Uppsala University Hospital. Photo: TT

Sweden hit by two Ebola false alarms in two days

UPDATED: A patient has been cleared of any Ebola suspicions at the Uppsala University Hospital. It marks the second suspected case in Sweden in two days. READ  

Analysis
Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters
The HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjärden in the Stockholm archipelago on Monday morning. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters

With Sweden engaged in its biggest domestic military operation since the Cold War, The Local spoke to Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences, to get insight into what’s going on in the Stockholm archipelago. READ  

My Swedish Career
US woman starts up Swedish toy store online
Leigh Neil and a llama hand puppet. Photo: Private

US woman starts up Swedish toy store online

For this week's My Swedish Career we meet Leigh Neil, who one day came to realize that there was a gap in the Swedish market for children's toys and decided to do something about it. READ  

Stockholm 'submarine' search
No truth to Russia's submarine claim: Dutch
A CB90-class fast assault craft at Kullbäling, a small island in Stockholm's archipelago. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

No truth to Russia's submarine claim: Dutch

The Netherlands on Monday denied a Russian claim that a mystery vessel the Swedish military has been looking for could be Dutch. READ  

Lufthansa Strike
Over 20 Swedish flights hit by Lufthansa strike
Grounded Lufthansa planes. Photo: TT

Over 20 Swedish flights hit by Lufthansa strike

A strike by pilots at German airline Lufthansa will affect over 20 flights in and out of Sweden over the next two days. READ  

National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Photo: Shutterstock

Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars

A dentist in western Sweden is offering free dental care to his town's Roma begging population. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
National
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Blog updates

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 

17 October

Editor’s Blog, Oct 17th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Here’s the whole week of news in just 60 seconds. The most-read story was about a..." READ »

 
 
 
National
A Touch of Scandinavia: Reindeer in the kitchen
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Lifestyle
Sweden's The Bridge to become 'more Danish'
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
National
Sweden rethinks Afghan translators' protection
Society
Interview with Geena Davis: 'I want to be in a Swedish movie'
Gallery
Stefan Löfven through the years
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

994
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN