Power outage halts rail traffic near Stockholm

A significant power outage is causing delays in all northbound rail traffic from Stockholm including the Arlanda Express trains, according to the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), which predicts that the fault will be dealt with by 2pm.

Power outage halts rail traffic near Stockholm

“We are experiencing several major faults, partly due to the auxiliary power for the signalling system having been wiped out and partly due to a fire in the switching box between Upplands Väsby and Märsta,” said Roger Falk at the agency to news agency TT.

At present all the Arlanda Express trains, which normally shuttle passengers between Stockholm’s main airport and the central train station, have been cancelled, with passengers being advised to take the airport bus service or taxis.

The outage is having an impact on all northbound traffic bound for Gävle, Hudiksvall and Sundsvall on the north eastern coast.

Trains that were bound for Dalarna and the Stockholm-Avesta-Krylbo-Mora line are being redirected via Västerås and will be departing according to schedule, although passengers are advised to expect some delays.

Falk told daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) that between Stockholm and Uppsala, situated some 60 kilometres from the capital and home to many who work in the city, there is currently only one northbound line open and commuters can expect major delays.

The outage is also affecting commuters within the greater Stockholm area as commuter train traffic north of town is down as well.

Stockholm public transport (Stockholms Lokaltrafik, SL) have provided buses to transport passengers who are stranded north of town.

According to a preliminary prognosis from the Transport Administration, rail traffic is predicted to be up and running again until 6pm.

“We’re hoping to have traffic moving again soon, but if the outage continues we are hoping to be able to bring in more buses,” SL spokesperson Magnus Andersson told TT.

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Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

Trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped and between Stockholm and Malmö severely disrupted due to a fire and several electrical faults.

Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

“We have problems with all rail traffic south of Norrland,” Peter Jonsson, from the Swedish Transport Administration, told the country’s TT newswire. “The heat has of course had an impact, particularly when it concerns the fire, but we’re not otherwise speculating on the cause.” 

According to the agency, the issues are the result of four separate incidents, a fire south of Hallsberg, an overhead power contact line, which has snapped, and two electrical faults. 

Peter Krameus, a spokesperson for Sweden’s state-owned rail company SJ, said that all trains were being sent back to the stations from which they most recently departed until the faults could be corrected. 

While trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped completely, trains between Stockholm and Malmö have been affected by two problems with overhead lines. Trains between Mjölby and Nässjö and Eslöv and Stehag are travelling onto on one of the two lines now. 

“That doesn’t mean that all traffic has stopped, but it’s going to mean cancelled trains and delayed departures,” Jonsson said. 

So far, 50 of SJ’s train departures have been cancelled as a result of the faults.