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Major disruption hits Stockholm trains

TT/The Local/pvs · 3 Oct 2011, 13:39

Published: 03 Oct 2011 08:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Oct 2011 13:39 GMT+02:00

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"Some of this work was not completed in time and we did not get all the tracks back at 5am this morning. We now have two of four tracks open," said Ola Nilsson at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) to the TT news agency.

Stockholm public transport operator SL has advised that delays of up to an hour are likely on some routes, with the prospect of cancellations to be expected.

"This means long delays and the risk that many trains will have to be cancelled," Nilsson confirmed at around 8am on Monday.

The disruption affects both commuter and long-distance trains in both north and southbound directions.

Årstaberg station is not accessible at all and Älvsjö is not accesible for northbound traffic.

Årstaberg station remained inaccessible southbound at 1.30pm on Monday and SL advises that this is likely to remain the case until 5am on Tuesday. Northbound trains had however resumed stopping at the station.

SL have confirmed that long distance rail services are being given priority on the tracks, with replacement buses deployed on the route Huddinge-Älvsjö-Årstaberg-Liljeholmen route.

According to information on SL's website on Monday morning, it was hoped that full service will be re-established by 11am on Monday.

According to information published by SL at 1.30pm, with the exception of Årstaberg (detailed above), most lines had returned to normal service.

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The delays affect all commuter train service heading into Stockolm's Central Station.

The City Line tunnel project is a massive infrastructure investment involving the drilling of a 6 kilometre rail tunnel under central Stockholm to provide increased track capacity through Stockholm.

The line is scheduled to enter service in 2017.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:42 October 3, 2011 by Streja
Why didn't you write about the E6? Is it because it didn't happen in Stockholm?
10:46 October 3, 2011 by karex
What's wrong with the E6?

On another note, "Technical failure" also wreaked havoc in the commuter lines to and from Gothenburg this morning. I was up at 5am only to be able to finally reach the office at 10.20...
10:51 October 3, 2011 by occassional
And it hasn't even snowed yet.
11:01 October 3, 2011 by Streja
It was completely cut off ín Munkedal due to boulders coming off the mountain, so traffic was diverted through Munkedal. I think you know how tiny that place is and what the hold up means.

They never mention things like that in the news karex. Gbg is not important.
11:19 October 3, 2011 by Åskar
@Streja, They probably didn't mention the E6 because this is an article about the situation in Stockholm.
12:51 October 3, 2011 by karex
@Askar. You're right. But if commuing chaos is news if it's in Stockholm I would say an article about the same situation in Gothenburg warrants another news article...
13:25 October 3, 2011 by Streja
karex, yes that's what I mean, not that they should have written about it in this article. :)

It's not a problem for The Local, it's a problem for all the media outlets.
13:34 October 3, 2011 by Byggare Bob
presumably not for GP.se
20:04 October 3, 2011 by Hamish
They are rather quick to raise the price of the tickets

and still time and time again it is riddled with issues

SL is a joke....
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