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Swedish railways to get 55 billion kronor boost

Swedish railways to get 55 billion kronor boost

Published: 30 Aug 2012 06:57 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Aug 2012 06:57 GMT+02:00

The Swedish government on Wednesday announced plans to invest 55 billion kronor ($8.2 billion) to improve its railway network, after a summer marked by a series of technical problems.

Some 30 billion kronor would be spent on a line linking Järna in the Stockholm region to the rail network of Linköping, about 150 kilometres to the south-west.

The government said the plans would lead to "more frequent, faster and more punctual" rail services that would not only benefit passengers and rail cargo users, but also create jobs and growth.

Another 20 billion kronor would go towards a temporary increase in the operational budget and maintenance of the national railway until 2025.

The centre-right government also plans to set aside 5 billion kronor for the

Gothenburg-Borås line, which is the last stretch of the Stockholm-Gothenburg link.

Swedish travellers were hit by a series of train delays in August, prompting the news agency TT to describe a "black month" for the rail network.

The government added that other plans are in the pipeline to improve the rail links which would be announced when it presents its 2013 budget on September 20.

It said a law on infrastructure would also be announced in the autumn.

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07:45 August 30, 2012 by Cephalectomy
it's already an expensive trip, make it cheaper instead.
08:02 August 30, 2012 by Borilla
What happened to the great privatization scheme?
08:03 August 30, 2012 by skogsbo
expensive! compared to where?
09:01 August 30, 2012 by smilingjack
a pretty good system and not expensive at all if you get the monthly travel card. although my experience is limited to stockholm. stockholm is a small city and you do pay a sheet load of taxes and one of the highest ( if not the highest ) gst in the world so you would expect a good system.

I would have thought you had some kind of very fast train though?

one minor complaint - could you turn the heat down a tad.
09:46 August 30, 2012 by axiom
Build the double track between Gävle and Sundsvall and get the X2000 on the Botniabana, it's amazing how slow it is to take a train journey north of Gävle.

Think of the economic activity that this would boost.

Trains in Stockholm however, are pretty decent and not very expensive.
10:01 August 30, 2012 by Abe L
Perhaps we'll finally get nightly transportation. It's absurd to get stranded in Stockholm after 01:00, having some kind of hourly or bi-hourly service to still get home regardless of the hour would be very positive.
10:46 August 30, 2012 by robban70226
They need it for sure, the system is a disaster as proven by the caos in the last 3 years, Hope they can become a reiable system and not a banana country system like what they have now..
12:47 August 30, 2012 by Cephalectomy
#3 skogsbo, compared to skåne for example, you can get a one day ticket for the whole county on tradera for about 90:-, you can get a 2 days ticket from the office for 295 from all of skåne and copenhagen and their buses/trains.

while linköping stockholm is about 2 hours? ( faster soon ? )

and new lines meaning higher prices.

summer card of skåne is 550:- lasts for 2 months and u use all of skåne transport.
22:58 August 30, 2012 by Smokebox
SJ needs to spend money on there website. You can't buy a ticket with an American credit card???
07:54 August 31, 2012 by karex
One improvement which would make a huge difference is to double the tracks. A broken down train or one unable to move past a crawl backs up all other traffic in both directions thus causing the mass delays we have experienced in the past 2-3 years.
02:52 September 1, 2012 by Just_Kidding
Why there are fast trains (speed around 300Km/hr) in mountainous Germany, but the trains travel at less than 200Km/hr in the flat Sweden? Too much modesty? or a faster train is not affordable in Sweden"?
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