Snow and ice causes transport chaos in south

Snow and ice, which has been causing chaos for the past two days on the road and rail networks in northern Sweden, hit Stockholm and central parts of the country on Wednesday evening, with many buses cancelled and traffic gridlocked.

Björn Dalborg, spokesman for Stockholm’s local transport company SL said that a “significant proportion” of bus services had been cancelled. There were also delays on some T-bana (metro) lines in the capital.

Traffic on the E4 motorway was stationary in both directions during the evening rush hour, according to Ulf Andersson at Stockholm Police.

Passengers travelling from Stockholm Arlanda Airport were suffering delays of between 30 minutes and one hour on Wednesday evening, the airport authorities reported. Flights from Gothenburg Landvetter had been delayed during the morning due to problems de-icing aircraft.

Ferry traffic across the Baltic Sea was also affected, with a Destination Gotland ferry from Oskarshamn to Visby forced to turn back due to the poor conditions. Viking Line has also cancelled some crossings.

DFDS ferry Crown of Scandinavia, with 650 passengers sailing from Oslo to Copenhagen, was forced to dock in the southern Swedish port of Landskrona.

Meanwhile, rail traffic in the north of Sweden, which had been badly affected on Tuesday, was slowly getting back to normal.

“We have got the Sundsvall-Uppsala stretch running again. During the evening we should get a few more lines running,” said Jonas Westlund at Swedish track operator Banverket.

At 8pm on Wednesday 7,000 people across the country were still without electricity.