Trains between Malmö and Lund stopped for a week

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Trains between Malmö and Lund stopped for a week
The Swedish Transport Administration is doubling the number of tracks between Malmö and Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Train services between the cities of Malmö and Lund are to be completely stopped for an entire week from Sunday, with the 60,000 daily users forced instead to take buses, cars or cycles.


"It will be a difficult week for those who commute between Malmö and Lund," the Swedish Transport Administration, wrote on its website. 
"The cessation of services will be less difficult for those who can replan their journey, ride together or work from home." 
The trains are being stopped to switch the route to two temporary tracks, so that work can begin on a project to increase the number of tracks between Malmö and Lund from two to four. 
Traffic stopped on Sunday, and local Pågatåg and Öresundståg commuter trains will not start running again until next Sunday August 29th (although SJ intercity trains, the Snälltåget and freight trains will start running on the route midday on August 28th.


The local transport company, Skånetrafiken, is arranging 80 replacement buses on the Malmö-Lund route, and additional buses to Burlöv, Åkarp and Hjärup, the three stops in between. 
It is also adding extra buses to routes 130, 131, 169 and 171 which connect the two cities. 
Anders Engzell, the company's spokesman, told the Sydsvenskan newspaper that due to the ongoing pandemic, drivers would be careful not to allow crowding. 
"The drivers and our staff at the bus stops will decide when buses are full," he said. "On the other hand, we've lost 35-40 percent of our passengers because of coronavirus." 
In peak hours, as many as 7,000 people take services between Malmö and Lund every hour. 
The local municipality in Lund is offering guided cycle-commuting  from Värnhemstorget, a square i Malmö, to Arenatorget, a square in Lund, for those unsure how to make the 16km, one-hour trip. 
"Cycle guides from Lund municipality will cycle together with you in small groups," the Swedish Transport Administration said in a statement
Skånetrafiken is using the freed-up rolling stock to run "bonus trains" between Malmö and Helsingborg, which will travel direct without stopping. 


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