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Snow halts trains in southern Sweden

Roger Choate · 14 Feb 2010, 09:48

Published: 14 Feb 2010 09:48 GMT+01:00

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Authorities are still coming to grips with the big chill, resulting in delayed or cancelled public transport, snow-laden roofs, and griping citizens.

You don’t even need to speak Swedish to understand irritated conversations on packed trains and buses. Commuters are complaining about the lack of preparedness by authorities as trains and buses run late or are cancelled.

Temperatures are rising over the weekend in many parts of the country, but problems continue. A key train line between Malmö and Simrishamn in southern Sweden is still blocked by snow drifts, while transport in other parts of the country is subject to delays. The southern line is expected to be operational on Sunday night.

The manifold problems have led to editorials in daily newspapers – this time in Dagens Nyheter, the largest circulating morning daily. The newspaper blames citizens to a certain extent: “a motorist who parks a bit onto a sidewalk makes snow removal more difficult.”

More importantly, the newspaper tackles the problem of where to dump shoveled snow. Both Swedish and European Community authorities forbid dumping into waterways because of environmental hazards.

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But Dagens Nyheter suggests that it is far better to drop the stuff into a big Swedish lake like Mälaren than construct expensive snow depots. “The quality of water in Mälaren is in fact excellent.” No serious problem, says the newspaper.

Roger Choate (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:30 February 14, 2010 by Davey-jo
So when the snow melts, as it will, where do they think it is going to go? Will considerately avoid the waterways and evaporate into thin air?
17:48 February 14, 2010 by morchad
Davey-jo you won't believe it but actually yes.....in fact up to 85% of snow evaporates. I live on a "grusväg" and after some snow had melted I noticed how dusty the road was.....hardly I thought if snow had just melted and turned to water.....nope in a lot of cases it turns straight to vapour
20:57 February 14, 2010 by Davey-jo
Well, you live and learn .....
21:56 February 14, 2010 by Twiceshy
Davey-jo it doesn't go directly to the rivers in most cases... instead of goes through the sewers, where it is supposedly treated (at least in some cases).
03:23 February 15, 2010 by Davey-jo
You know I see it like this.

Kommun X has a bucket load of snow to shift , so it dumps it on Mr Olaf's farm 'cos it can't dump it in the river, no way.

So along comes the Spring and the snow has melted into thin air ala morchad; right that leaves all the nasty stuff you don't want to mention on Mr Olaf's land ready to be treated by the sewage system or just about to be washed straight into that little stream that runs through Olaf's land.

I'm still thinking it would be quicker and easier to just stuff the snow into the Baltic and have done rather than pretend you are doing something with it through your "sewage system". It seems to me to be a charade and I bet that your precautions have absolutely no effect whatsoever.
17:58 February 16, 2010 by Swedesmith
Snow is toxic? Well, as Frank Zappa said,"don't eat the yellow snow."
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