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Police called in to calm bus stop tumult

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 24 Feb 2010, 08:02

Published: 24 Feb 2010 08:02 GMT+01:00

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With the metro lines closed south and west of Liljeholmen in central Stockholm, up to 1,000 passengers were obliged to squeeze into the bus terminal to queue for places on replacement buses serving the city's suburbs.

When many of the passengers, who have suffered days of disruption and delays, were unable to find space on the buses patience ran out and guards were forced to call in the police to calm the heated atmosphere.

"We had up to five units there. There are no reports of actual fighting, but there was a lot of anger," Ulf Lindgren at Stockholm police told news agency TT.

Shortly after 7pm calm had been restored and travellers were able to disperse on the replacement bus services.

The continued travel and transport chaos is costing the taxpayer some 150 million kronor ($20 million) per day, according to calculations by the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

After stern criticism from the consumer ombudsman, national rail operator SJ re-introduced its travel delay guarantee at 5pm on Tuesday, meaning that compensation payments are likely to continue to grow until order is restored to Sweden's rail and public transport links.

The government took the unusual step on Tuesday of calling in military assistance to help the National Rail Administration (Banverket) in its work to clear ice and snow from tracks and get trains running.

Swedish meteorological agency SMHI meanwhile has forecast that cold temperatures and snow are to be expected in many parts of Sweden over the weekend.

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Temperatures fell to as low as -42 Celsius in northern areas on Tuesday - a new winter low. A high pressure front currently covers much of Sweden with cloudy weather in the south and clear, sunny spells in central and northern areas.

Snow is forecast for Stockholm on Friday and over the weekend with temperatures plunging again next week.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:49 February 24, 2010 by xenyasai
They should take God or Mother Nature to court if they are so unhappy with the weather.
09:31 February 24, 2010 by JulieLou40
Does anyone know which terminal it was? Was it the main terminal where you get the flygbuss? I am travelling thru Stockholm Cityterminalen tomorrow, and am now a bit nervous!
09:43 February 24, 2010 by popein
Hi JuliLou40, Don't worry this was Liljeholmen. This is south of Sodermalm, nothing to do with the flygbuss.

As they explain in this report, the two metro lines from there to Norsborg and Fruangen (further souht) are not working due to the snow and there are many replacement buses for the metro. There are thousands of people taking those metro lines every day to go to work, etc. and it's cut there; but T-Centralen should be very calm.
10:06 February 24, 2010 by Twiceshy
"Snow is forecast for Stockholm on Friday and over the weekend with temperatures plunging again next week. "

Damn... So it will be the same crap next week...
10:08 February 24, 2010 by livinginsweden
I have used the bus stand at Kista and people there behaved like they were rushing for free money when the bus arrived...... and it was in summer.....

ha ha
10:22 February 24, 2010 by JulieLou40
Thanks Popein! :-)
10:35 February 24, 2010 by manamann
They should implement the "Pull the number ticket for waiting in line"
10:38 February 24, 2010 by Puffin
Bus rage :-)
12:37 February 24, 2010 by sleeplesssweden
And the average and lower class people are issued with teh decree..Thous shall not buy a car,it harms the environment.Our Government have trains and buses to cater for your very needs

This incident will make reasonable people to see the reason that while the upper class are living a capitalist kind of life style,the average and lower class are serving up to thier very needs..

Even the very birds in the air will never witness bank managers,government officials,CEOs,etc trying to squeeze into the bus terminal cos they have a stand by car waiting for them.Oh middle and low class citizens!!! have courage to endure endless some hours in this cold to get a bus to get home...
13:05 February 24, 2010 by Twiceshy
sleeplesssweden I don't know about the lower class, but for anyone in the middle class it's pretty easy to get a car...
13:21 February 24, 2010 by just a question
get a car? and where do you park it? you need to pay in all bloody places.

Anyway, I have seen more than one fight in the public transport these days.
19:37 February 24, 2010 by ugg
"as transport problems continued to afflict many areas of Sweden."

Shouldn't that be affect not afflict.....someone forgot the spell checker.
20:12 February 24, 2010 by mikmak
Owning a car is not considered a privilege anymore in most places of the world today (well maybe India/China) rather the opposite I would say. Being rich enough (time/freedom/influence) to be able to choose to travel by e.g. bike or telecommute is the new status symbol.
08:05 February 25, 2010 by johnnyrebel
Twiceshy...have you noticed how small the middle class is becoming, though?
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