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Fewer trains could increase punctuality

Published onsdag 16 februari 2011 kl 19.01
The rails need increased maintenance, more investment and fewer trains.

The rails and the switches of the Swedish rail network are so worn down, that fewer departures may be the only way to ensure trains run on time, according to a new report from the Swedish Transport Administration.

"I am very concerned that the infrastructure is ageing at a speed that is not good," the agency's general director Gunnar Malm tells the news agency TT.

The report warns that 8-10% of the rail infrastructure has already become too old. If the switches - for example - are not replaced at least three times faster, the part of the rail network that is out of date will become even bigger.

The solution spells increased maintenance, more investment and fewer trains, according to the report, which cites the need for another 310-460 million US dollars invested annually.

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