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4,000 travellers hit after cancelled trains

4,000 travellers hit after cancelled trains

Published: 16 Oct 2010 09:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Oct 2010 09:21 GMT+02:00

Several trains are set to be affected on Saturday as the rail operator seeks to assess the extent of the problem, which does not affect high-speed X2000 and double-decker trains.

Many passengers were transferred to coaches on Friday afternoon as SJ launched an inspection of its rolling stock and cracks were found in a couple of wheels.

"Two wheels of around 3,000 checked were shown to have cracks. We take this very seriously and have now decided to take all the trains out of service," said Elisabeth Lindgren at SJ on Friday afternoon.

In order to cope with demand for trains from Stockholm to Uppsala, SJ hired in trains from local transport operator SL.

The inspection is a result of SJ's own inspection work following the accident in Skotterud, Norway two weeks ago.

The accident was initially considered to have been caused by a wheel fault which had emerged as a result of general wear and tear.

SJ's inspection of its rolling stock is expected to be completed during next week. The aim is to be able to operate almost normal services on Saturday as passenger numbers drop.

On Friday evening SJ said that five departures would be affected on Saturday - two between Karlstad and Stockholm, two between Kalmar and Gothenburg and one between Hallsberg and Stockholm.

But on Friday the interruption hit 4,000 of SJ's around 100,000 customers with the cancelled trains leading to hastily rearranged travel plans.

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Your comments about this article

10:35 October 16, 2010 by byke
Government investigation ?
11:04 October 16, 2010 by jack sprat
I believe it was a similar problen that caused that major German rail disaster a few years ago,though that was on a high speed train.
15:01 October 16, 2010 by Puffin
@byke

What do you mean by government investigation?

Surely it is normal to do an emergency inspection if a part has contributed to a major accident elsewhere
18:32 October 16, 2010 by izbz
Why am I not surprise????? Cracks on Wheels, Slippery tracks because of rain, too much snow, Rails bent because of the summer heat, signal down...and etc,,...... When are they gonna blame it on terrorist treats?
20:14 October 16, 2010 by Sam1
LOVELY WORK SJ MY FULL RESPECT TO YOU...human life is always more worth than anything else...and Sweden always stood for that

that is why every one loves Sweden for their big big conscience....

They would rather lose millions of dollars and not have any human killed..

even with traffic accident Sweden is still respected because their light posts are made of weak material that does not kill in crach with cars..in UK its made out of strong metal and lots die every year from that.....
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