Delays grow on Swedish trains

Sweden’s trains are Europe’s least punctual
Problems are mounting for Swedish rail transport as the number of delayed trains grows steadily, tracks age and frustration intensifies.
Delays on the country’s rail network rose from 76,100 hours to 77,200 hours between 2013 and 2016, say new stats from the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket). Yet the number of passengers asking for and being given compensation has fallen.
“You need to remember that we have more trains running now than four years ago, so there will be more delays,” the administration’s deputy planning director Tommy Jonsson said.
Trafikverket should benefit from SEK 125 billion (€12.85 billion) in additional government funding for rail maintenance over the coming 11 years. But it also blames operator SJ for rail engine errors.
Sweden’s high-speed trains are the worst in Europe for punctuality, and among the worst worldwide. Just 66% arrived within five minutes of their intended time between 2008 and 2015. Despite upgrades and repairs, many tracks need heavy maintenance, and some have been in use for 150 years.
Svenska Dagbladet / TT / The Local

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