Delays and cancellations in store for train passengers south of Stockholm

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Traffic isn’t expected to return to normal until Tuesday. Photo: Fredrik Persson / TT

Commuters are advised to brace for a day of delays and cancelled trains south of Stockholm, with train traffic only expected to return to normal on Tuesday morning.

A railroad switch between Flemingsberg and Södertälje, south of central Stockholm, was damaged early on Monday morning, and will now need to be changed. This is going to affect train traffic significantly in the meantime.

“We will be driving on one of the two tracks, and will also use the commuter train track,” Ulrika Karlsson from the Swedish Transport Administration’s press office told the TT news agency.

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Many trains will still need to be cancelled or re-routed, she explained.

“This will affect the southern and western mainlines. We refer passengers to train operators for more information,” said Karlsson.

The affected routes are: Stockholm–Nyköping/Norrköping/Malmö and Copenhagen, Stockholm–Skövde/Göteborg, Stockholm–Hallsberg/Karlstad/Oslo and Stockholm–Eskilstuna/Arboga/Örebro.

According to national railway operator SJ, between 60 and 70 of their trains will be affected by the switch change. Trains going north will be diverted via Södertälje hamn and will use the commuter train track, but this is expected to lead to some delays.

“According to the traffic operators, it sounds like it will be well-ordered. We are contacting passengers via the SJ app and by email. They will get information in the channel where they have their ticket,” SJ press officer Pernilla Johansson said.

The switch change is not expected to be ready until Tuesday morning.

Vocabulary

delay – (en) försening

cancelled – inställd

to affect – påverka

track – (ett) spår

ticket – (en) biljett

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