In an attempt to prevent a repeat of last year’s problems on Swedish railroads, which caused hundreds of delays and cancellations, the government on Wednesday decided to redirect funds from other areas in the budget to help pay for maintenance and clearing snow off the tracks.
About 72 million dollars will be allocated to the Swedish Transport Administration next year which is a welcome addition to the agency’s budget according to director general Gunnar Malm. The cold has already caused problems and delays.
“It is for example meant for checking the rail switches, some signals and to make sure all the cables are in good condition. It is mostly security issues that affect punctuality,” Malm told Swedish Radio News.
On Tuesday several hundred passengers going from the southern city of Malmö to Stockholm were delayed for several hours due to a damaged cable.