Faulty barriers at train crash site

Aftonbladet reported on Sunday that a train crash in Kristianstad last Friday could have been caused by faulty barriers at the crossing. The "Kustpilen" train, which travels along the southeast coast, crashed in to a lorry which had become stuck at the crossing in Nosaby outside Kristianstad.

Two people died in the crash, and at least 47 people were injured.

According to accident inspectors there is nothing so far that proves that the barriers were out of order. However, the lorry driver has given a statement in which he claimed he saw the traffic lights go off before the accident.

“We did have a fault at the traffic control depot in Nosaby the night before the accident. The barriers were down then, and there weren’t any trains passing by”, said Lars-Erik Bergqvist, investigating the incident.

Bergqvist will continue to focus on the barriers at the crossing where the incident occurred, as well as the lights further down the track. Other people in Kristianstad said the barriers “cannot be relied on”.

“About a year ago I called 999 because the lights showed red, although no train arrived”, said Patrik Jönsson who lives nearby.

Bergqvist said that if the barriers are not down then there should be an automatic signal to the driver before he or she gets to the crossing.

Most of those who were injured have now left the hospital in Kristianstad.


OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Sweden's government on Tuesday announced plans to bring back ID checks on Sweden's borders. Niels Paarup-Petersen, a Malmö MP, has launched a campaign to stop them.

OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Bringing in ID-checks is illegal, ineffective, and devastating for the labour market in the Öresund region. That the government, despite all this, is pushing ahead with them anyway is almost impossible to understand. 

Once again, the government’s first response to a crisis is to bring back the ID-checks that tear our region in two.

Once again, they’re doing this without giving either the regional government or those operating the transport services a chance to give their input.

Once again, the idea is that Skåne and the Öresund Region should pay the price for solving Sweden’s challenges.

Once again, commuters will have to wait for half an hour at Kastrup. Once again the transport system in Skåne will be wrecked. 

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It’s bloody awful, to be frank.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is illegal to put the responsibility on transport operators across a Schengen border. The Office of the Chancellor of Justice has come to the same conclusions.

Ukrainians have the right to enter the country, which means that they will not be stopped by the ID controls. If you want to have a better understanding of who is crossing the border, there are still ‘temporary’ border controls in place after six years.

Making the transport operator responsible for ID controls work when applied to ferries and flights, where there is only one place where you can get on or off. When you have continuous traffic, such as with trains or cars, it has a devastating effect on the traffic and on all of the people using them.  

ID checks are completely illegal, unnecessary, and irrational.

Region Skåne, the municipalities in Skåne, and all of my colleagues from Skåne in the national parliament must now all put their feet down. 

ID checks on the Öresund Bridge should not be brought back! 

Niels Paarup-Petersen is an MP representing Malmö for the Centre Party. He was born and grew up in Denmark and has worked for the Öresund Bridge Consortium.