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Last winter costs rail operator millions

SJ reveals cost of cold spell

Published måndag 7 februari 2011 kl 15.24
SJ VD Jan Forsberg. Photo. Scanpix

Last winter's train chaos cost Swedish rail operator SJ an estimated 360 million kronor (55.4 million US dollars.)

Presenting the company's annual financial report for 2010, Director General Jan Forsberg explained how last winter's extreme cold snap had shaken the company.

Last March, 30 percent of train departures were cancelled with ten percent the figure during the busy christmas period in December.

Hundreds of thousands of commuters were left stranded as trains services ground to a halt across the country due to harsh weather conditions which affected railway lines and trains . SJ said at the time that Sweden's transport administration was partly responsible because it was in charge of maintaining railway lines. SJ paid out compensation to travellers affected.

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