Travellers given discount after transport turmoil

Stockholm transport authority, SL, has introduced a temporary discount on its monthly passes as compensation for weeks of transport turmoil.

Travellers given discount after transport turmoil

The authority has also taken out a series of full-page adverts in national newspapers and given a “full and genuine apology” to the hunders of thousands of travellers who have been affected by unsatisfactory train and metro services.

“It is a unique occurrence for large parts of the metro to lie still for several days. We are therefore taking the unique step of compensating SL’s faithful travellers by giving away a free week’s travel,” SL chairperson Christer G Wennerholm wrote in an article in Dagens Nyheter.

A 30 day travel card will now cost 530 kronor ($74), instead of 690. Those paying a reduced price will now pay 320 kronor. Travellers with year and season cards will also receive compensation.

National rail operator, SJ, continues to battle with several delays and other disturbances on main routes after the weekend’s snowfalls and cold temperatures, but the number of cancelled trains has dropped considerably.

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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding.