Damaged track slows Stockholm-area trains

Trains running between Södertälje and Gävle - including the popular Stockholm to Uppsala line - were struck by long delays on Monday morning after a train with a defective wheel caused damage to the rails.

Damaged track slows Stockholm-area trains

The patience of Stockholm-area commuters was tested Monday morning as trains in both directions were both delayed and cancelled.

“It’s not a complete stop, but they’re working on the one set of tracks and that means that traffic can go no faster than 30 kilometres an hour,” Peter Behrmann of the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

He added that the agency cannot predict how long the delays will last.

Experts have spent the morning inspecting the tracks and determining whether they can be used or need to be repaired.

The problem stems from a train with a damaged wheel that was driven on the tracks on Sunday night.

Södertälje and Gävle, both in eastern Sweden, are connected by a rail line that runs for roughly 200 kilometres.

The line includes the Uppsala-Stockholm stretch that is popular for commuters in Uppsala who work in the capital.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).