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Stockholm metro starts to roll after outage

TT/The Local · 30 Sep 2010, 12:58

Published: 30 Sep 2010 09:33 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Sep 2010 12:58 GMT+02:00

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"We are running two trains every 10 minutes between Odenplan and Alvik. But the transports are working - and that is a relief," said Jesper Petersson at local transport operator SL.

Starting at 4.11am Thursday morning, problems arose with the electrical systems serving the green and blue metro lines in the Swedish capital, leaving many routes at a complete standstill.

The malfunction halted traffic between Alvik and Odenplan on the green line, as well as between Kungsträdgården and Västra Skogen on the blue line.

Replacement buses were deployed, but most of the 100,000 commuters affected by the outage were forced to find alternate routes to work.

"It is never possible with such a major disruption to replace all metro departures with buses. One bus takes around 100 passengers, ten buses are needed to replace a full train. So there are a large number of morning travellers who are affected," Pettersson said on Thursday morning.

Some transit hubs became so crowded during the morning rush hour that SL was forced to call in security guards to ensure commuters didn't fall down on the tracks, according to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

A problem was traced to a switchboard in Kristineberg and technicians were finally able to solve the problem shortly before 12pm.

"It is from there that the power is transmitted along the tracks and it is there that something has gone wrong," Pettersson said.

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Delays along the green line are expected to continue the rest of the day, according to SL's website. And while trains continue to function on other parts of the Stockholm metro, trains normally serving those sections have also been delayed due to the green and blue line malfunctions.

On Wednesday the Stockholm metro’s red line was also halted due to a power failure.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:40 September 30, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
Oh dear, its like living in London all over again.
10:43 September 30, 2010 by Puffin
... it's just that in Sweden it's headline news whereas in London it's a weekly event
11:23 September 30, 2010 by Wolfjnr111
Good Point Puffin..
11:27 September 30, 2010 by Iri
Yeh usually we don't see such type pf traffic delays in Stockholm,,
11:35 September 30, 2010 by engagebrain
Given its much greater size and far greater age, the London underground performs better than Stockholm's.
12:02 September 30, 2010 by Syftfel
Until proven differently, I will assume that this was an act of sabotage on part of the left and other social dem, unionized, riff-raff who are not at all pleased with election results. We should expect to see more of such chicanery.
12:13 September 30, 2010 by BERTRAM
is Sweden becoming french,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
12:33 September 30, 2010 by Mib
The last time they said there was a major electrical failure on the London Underground, it was 3 suicide bombers. So, if you look at the half glass full scenario, it could have been worse in Stockholm than just an actual failure!

I's funny how the Swedes complain about how expensive and unreliable their public transport system can be, but work/live in London and they would realise how lucky they are. You know when a society has reached a good equilibrium, its when people start complaining about the smallest of issues and can't see the wood for the tress as they say!
12:47 September 30, 2010 by hutom
"Oh dear, its like living in London all over again."

Couldn't agree more !!!
12:56 September 30, 2010 by Marko2010S
"I's funny how the Swedes complain about how expensive and unreliable their public transport system can be, but work/live in London and they would realise how lucky they are."

WOW! I'm incredibly impressed. How come those theives (Brits) who colonized the whole world and steal all the resources have poor public transport system.

Well, yeah we (Swedes) are on the same boat as well, since we colonized the poor Finns. But at least I guess we didn't steal anything from them (Not sure though!).

Just wondering, who has more rights to complain and keep on bitching and moaning: The theives or the racists ?
13:53 September 30, 2010 by gplusa
Definitely the thieves. Sorry, but that's the rule.
14:27 September 30, 2010 by splendidsun
Screw you guys I am goin home...
14:43 September 30, 2010 by donutwallah
There is no 12pm: was it 12 noon or midnight?
15:31 September 30, 2010 by BrittInSweden
@ donutwallah

12pm is also known as noon. Just because we use the word noon doesn't mean 12pm is incorrect use :)
16:19 September 30, 2010 by Soft Boiled
I was caught up in the morning mayhem..and I have to say the worst part about the whole sordid affair is the way people act when their little world doesn´t run on time.. I´m so tired of how Swedes, which are usually a reasonably tolerant bunch, act under stress. Idiots.
17:33 September 30, 2010 by blondelover
sj sucksss
18:15 September 30, 2010 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Why do people compare this to the London Underground? London Underground carry over 4 million people everyday. Let's see Stockholm metro cope with that number and then we can compare them.
19:26 September 30, 2010 by adnans
@ # 17

I fully agree with u.
00:55 October 1, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
SJ sucked, but let's admit, their job is one of the hardest, if you check the metro map, you can ask yourself how they can manage the synchronization in 8-10 minutes in the conjuctions...
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