Falling tunnel roof block causes train delays in Stockholm

Falling tunnel roof block causes train delays in Stockholm
Train traffic was hit by problems in a tunnel. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Train traffic in the Stockholm area was disrupted on Tuesday after a block fell from the roof of a tunnel on a busy line.

Trains between Södertälje and Flemingsberg were the first to be affected, but delays also subsequently hit trains from Stockholm, Nyköping, Malmö, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo and other cities that pass through the region just south of the Swedish capital.

Traffic was halted entirely for around 20 minutes, and though one line has been reopened commuters will notice the backlog.

“On one of the train lines there’s a 40 minute delay, on the other around half an hour,” Denny Josefsson from the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) told news agency TT.

When workers arrived at the site where the problems originated they found a stone block had fallen from the roof of a tunnel, causing a power outage that stopped traffic on the line.

“We'll take a tunnel expert there to see if there’s a risk of further sections falling, and then decide on what we’ll do,” Josefsson explained.

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