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Stockholm commuters suffer train disruption

Stockholm commuters suffer train disruption

Published: 26 Jul 2012 15:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jul 2012 15:54 GMT+02:00

A major power outage brought train traffic to a total standstill between Stockholm and Uppsala on Thursday and normal service was not resumed until after 6 pm

“The fault was more extensive than we first thought, but it should be solved during the afternoon,” Denny Josefsson of the Swedish Transport Authority (Trafikverket) told the TT news agency earlier during the day.

Some 8,000 passengers travelling on services operated by national rail operator SJ, Stockholm transport authority SL and the Arlanda Express are believed to have been affected.

First it was thought that an electric wire which had fallen down over the rails had caused the outage, but later the Swedish Transport Authority discovered that there had also been a fire at a power station.

“The electric wire made the situation worse. It was bad luck that these two incidents occurred at the same time,” Josefsson said.

The trains going north towards Dalarna were redirected through Västerås with major delays of up to two hours. Other train routes were cancelled and replacement buses put in operation.

Trains towards Sundsvall and Gävle were subsequently allowed to pass the affected area at a reduced speed, writes the daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

"There will be major delays even when the trains are up and running because the large number of rains that have been cancelled,” Thelma Henrysson of SJ told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper during the afternoon.

The train traffic was up and running again by 6pm although commuters can still expect delays on some routes, according to the Swedish Transport Authority (Trafikverket).

Salomon Rogberg

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Your comments about this article

18:41 July 26, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Here we go again. The Uppsala to Stockholm route seems to have this problem at least once per month.
18:57 July 26, 2012 by Great Scott
This is hardly news most of Sweden is interest in.
21:17 July 26, 2012 by johan rebel
They should put Mussolini in charge.
00:41 July 27, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@johan rebel Ha! I was gonna mention him in my first post as well! Lol
09:40 July 27, 2012 by robban70226
shame shame shame, here they go again!!! time for a change in management??
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