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Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden to close for emergency services exercise

The Öresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden will be closed to motorway traffic from 7:45pm until 11pm on Thursday evening.

A file photo of the Öresund Bridge
A view at the Oresund Bridge with the flags of Sweden, left, and Denmark in the foreground 01 July 2000. The bridge-tunnel link between Denmark and Sweden was inaugurated Saturday by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The rail-and-road link connects the Danish capital Copenhagen with southern Sweden across the 16-kilometer wide Oresund strait. Soeren Bidstrup/Scanpix Nordfot . EPA PHOTO/NORDFOTO/SOEREN BIDSTRUP (Photo by SOEREN BIDSTRUP / SCANPIX DENMARK / AFP)

Emergency services are to conduct exercises in the tunnel section of the crossing as well as on the motorway, meaning it will be closed to cars, operator Øreseundsbron confirmed on Twitter.

Trains will still operate during the period, but on a reduced schedule. Rail passengers are advised to use Rejseplanen.dk or the Skånetrafiken app for travel updates.

Authorities are to practice their response to a major accident in the tunnel during the exercise, in which emergency services and rail personnel as well as around actors from Denmark and Sweden will take part.

Five such exercises have previously been conducted on the Öresund Bridge since it opened in 2000.

Around 20,000 vehicles and 200 trains use the crossing daily, connecting Danish capital Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden.

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TRANSPORT

Travellers express frustrations over Sweden’s public transport ticket systems 

Tricky travel apps and lack of information are some of the complaints that have been made about travelling with a valid ticket on Sweden's public transport, according to the Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket).

Travellers express frustrations over Sweden's public transport ticket systems 

Most of the complains sent to KO, the Swedish Consumer Agency, were regarding fines of 1,500 kronor, which is the penalty for not having the right ticket on public transport.

The agency’s analysis of the complaints showed that many of the travellers had a ticket but didn’t pay enough, didn’t have a receipt or bought the wrong type of ticket in the app. Many are critical that the fine in these cases is not written off or reduced.

“We see that there is great frustration among those who have ended up in this situation. Many people experience it as unfair to be treated as travellers who intentionally did not want to buy the right ticket,” Fanny Forsling, lawyer at KO said.

KO will now contact the transport companies to review the reasons for the fines.

Systematic ticket inspections were halted in Stockholm during the coronavirus pandemic and as a result, there was an increase in people travelling without a ticket.

Let us know your thoughts on Sweden’s public transport ticket fines by emailing us.

Swedish vocabulary

fine – böter

ticket – (en) biljett

travelling without a ticket – planka

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