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Rough weather causes train chaos in Stockholm

Oliver Gee · 3 Feb 2012, 14:38

Published: 03 Feb 2012 14:38 GMT+01:00

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”It is effectively a cut in the bloodstream when it stops south of Stockholm. There are only two ways in to the city centre, and the traffic has had to go northwards,” Maricka Berggren of train company SJ told the TT news agency.

The collapsed line, most likely due to rough weather, caused one train to get stuck in a tunnel at 6.30am for three hours, until emergency services and police could release them.

Between 20 and 25 people were stuck on the early morning train for hours, according to Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper, and many more were stuck on platforms in the freezing cold.

Örjan Wallin was one of those trapped, and claims to have been stuck for three and half hours on the cold train.

“It got a little chilly on the train, but we all sat their peacefully and read the paper or typed on mobile phones,” he told DN.

Other commuters were not as calm.

“This is the worst train system in the world north of Bangladesh,” grumbled one commuter to TT news-agency.

“We’re used to it”.

Trains travelling south of the capital were delayed by as much as two hours after the incident, many commuters opting to move northwards out of the city instead of taking their chances waiting for the south bound train lines to reopen.

Information boards were also out of order, and travellers had trouble connecting with SJ to query about the delays.

In a separate incident, rail traffic passing Nässjö was delayed because of a fire in an industrial building, which created a massive explosion risk due to gas containers inside the building.

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This potential hazard halted trains heading towards Malmö and Gothenburg. Rescue services however, extinguished the flames quickly.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) on Thursday released a statement indicating that 87.1 percent of the country’s passenger trains ran on time over the previous year.

The statement also said that 76.2 percent of the country’s freight trains were on time in 2011.

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:06 February 3, 2012 by Nilspet
Assange claimed that Swedish jail is the worst in Europe despite the fact that he has not been in one yet. I wonder what he would say once he has taken a ride on Swedish trains in the winter time.
20:07 February 3, 2012 by Opinionfool
'"This is the worst train system in the world north of Bangladesh," grumbled one commuter to TT news-agency. '

That person has clearly never tried to use the London Underground on a daily basis.
22:15 February 3, 2012 by Jules

Quite right TfL are far worse and farmore expensive ! swedish rail is positively efficient by comparison.
00:14 February 4, 2012 by Coalbanks
Quit whining! Canadadoes not have a passenger train system! Dog sleds only!
09:14 February 4, 2012 by skogsbo
One line down, one delay and you think thats a poor network. Try the uk, at least 3 times the price, no seats, cold, dirty, delayed, poor stations.. and thats on a good week before winter and when all the underground staff are striking for yet more money. You may not know it, but the swedish network is a dream by compsrison.
06:40 February 10, 2012 by dukesy
Now now Opinionfool, just because we specialise in running overcrouded commuter trains `underground` in London,mainly so people cant see above ground how packed they are....hi hi. pack 200 into a carriage built for 70, look how much money you can make on a train of 10 carriages, your just jealous because we do it better than you can.

Incidentally, I think the idea of painting up and making all the staions look beautiful,is a great idea, then to recoup the wasted money,lets pack an extra 50 people on every train..........look at oll that money.......really a nice little earner........right Guv.!

And yes i have been on the Tube.......carriges are better on District and Central lines......but out of the arch on the Northern and Bakerloo lines.
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