Vandalism costs transport authority 110 million kronor

Graffiti and vandalism cost Stockholm county transport authority SL 110 million kronor ($13 million) last year, new figures show.

Vandalism costs transport authority 110 million kronor

SL’s graffiti problem came to the fore at the weekend when the authority demanded compensation from Sweden’s University College of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) after one of its students vandalized a metro car in a comment on graffiti.

SL has declared its intention to seek 100,000 kronor ($12,000) in compensation from Konstfack.

SL is also demanding an apology for the “offence caused to the affected passengers” but has not yet reported the matter to the police.

“First we and the police need to find out where this happened and when it happened. When we know that we will submit a complaint to the police,” SL spokeswoman Gisela Pollinger told news agency TT.

Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth expressed anger on Saturday after seeing the film of the art student’s work.

“I do not think that vandalism is art. And I presume that Konstfack does not intend to pay for the train car,” she said at the Market art fair in Stockholm.

The minister’s reaction came after watching the two minute long film, “Territorial pissing” which features a masked graffiti artist splashing masses of paint in front of a crowd of metro passengers. The artist also then breaks a window.


Stockholm commuter train station to reopen after emergency closure

Stockholm's main commuter train station is expected to reopen by the end of the week.

Stockholm commuter train station to reopen after emergency closure
Stockholm City has been closed since July 13th. Photo: Hossein Salmanzadeh/TT

Stockholm City and Odenplan closed earlier this month after an incident in which an escalator lost control and started running in the wrong direction. After safety checks, several of the escalators were found to be suffering from “significant wear and tear” despite being in use for only a year.

Public transport operator SL then decided to close the stations completely for safety reasons, until its maintenance teams had had the opportunity to further inspect and repair the escalators.

Odenplan reopened three days later, but Stockholm City remained closed. However, on Monday SL announced that the busy commuter train station would reopen by the end of this week.

It said 33 escalators had been examined without any faults noted and would be running again at the northern end of the platforms. Another 17 escalators will not yet have been repaired, but SL said they would be secured in a fixed position and passengers would be able to use them as regular stairs.

Stockholm City is part of the Swedish capital's main transport hub, connecting both to Stockholm Central and the underground. The closure has not affected other transport via the station (however, some other trains are not running due to unrelated scheduled repairs).

The commuter trains are currently passing Stockholm City without stopping. The closest alternative stops are Stockholm Södra (south of the city centre), Odenplan and Solna (north of the city).

If you need to travel onwards from Stockholm Södra, walk to metro station Mariatorget (red line) and travel by metro to T-Centralen or your preferred stop.

From Solna, replacement buses are transporting passengers from the train station to the metro, where you can take the blue line to central Stockholm.

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