Train services suffer three hour delays

The situation for train traffic heading through the counties Östergötland and Södermanland, in south-eastern Sweden, continues to look grim on Sunday.

Train services suffer three hour delays

Passengers hoping to travel between Stockholm and southern Sweden can count on three-hour delays, according to national rail service SJ.

All trains are currently being re-directed through Västergötland, since heavy rains wiped out the equipment shelter in Östergötland that directs the traffic and information about trains.

According to a forecast set by the National Transport Administration (Trafikverket), traffic won’t be running normally until Monday evening.

Passengers are asked to keep informed via train companies’ websites.

“There will be hefty delays, and therefore it’s very good to come in good time, if you’ve got a set time to be somewhere,” said Thomas Pihl, press officer at the Transport Administration, to news agency TT.

The equipment shelter, which was swimming in water after the rains flooded it, has now been emptied, and the work to repare all water-logged electronics is ongoing.

At the national rail service, there is some relief that the dramatic weather struck at a time when there are relatively few travellers.

“People are on vacation, and it’s a weekend. This isn’t something one hopes for, but if it has to happen, this is the right time of year for it,” said Mårten Dunér, press officer at SJ, to TT.

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Railway operator SJ to double train capacity over five years

After an increasing number of people in Sweden travelled by train in 2019's third quarter, railway operator SJ is now investing to double its capacity.

Railway operator SJ to double train capacity over five years
Railway operator SJ will invest in 30 long-distance trains and 50 regional trains. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix / TT

In the third quarter, SJ's profit before tax was 198 million kronor, up from only 93 million kronor in the same period last year. 

The company said the main reason for the rise in profit and sales was that more people were choosing train travel over other methods of transport, and that investments had been made to make train travel more competitive. 

“We have seen this trend for many years. During the third quarter we have increased our offer and seen a significant increase in journeys,” said CEO Crister Fritzson.

Between January and September, journeys with SJ trains increased by 11 percent. This news comes a day after figures from airport operator Swedavia revealed an eight percent decrease in domestic flights. The focus on the climate crisis is a likely contributing factor, Fritzson said.

Punctuality for long-distance trains, measured by the proportion of trains which were five minutes delayed or less, also improved in the third quarter to 82 percent, up from 75 percent. For medium distance trains, punctuality was 93 percent, an improvement on the previous figure of 88 percent.

And now, a total of 12 billion kronor will be invested in new regional and long-distance trains as well as upgrading existing X 2000-trains to increase their capacity by 15 percent. These upgraded trains will be brought out next year, while SJ will also invest in 30 new long-distance trains able to travel at 250 kmph and around 50 new regional trains.

All in all, this will amount to a 50 percent increase in capacity over the next five years.


profit – (en) vinst

investment – (en) investering

competitive (in a financial sense) – konkurrenskraftig

punctuality – (en) punktlighet

improvement – (en) förbättring

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