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Maintenance delays plague Swedish railroads

Publicerat måndag 18 april 2011 kl 15.43
Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

More than half of the errors and defects that occured on Swedish railways last year were not fixed in time, according to a new study undertaken by Swedish Radio.

The Swedish Transport Administration says maintenance delays are allowed under certain circumstances. They say the judgement of the people responsible for surveying safety was more important than the rules.

Train conductor Björn Halvarsson has noticed the errors that have not been fixed. He told Swedish Radio that damages remained year after year, adding that it caused big delays for both commuter and industry traffic.

The railroads have continuous security inspections to discover errors and defects in a timely manner. Seventy thousand such incidents were reported in 2010. Swedish Radio found that fifty-eight percent of those errors were not addressed in the time period required.

The departing chairman of the board of Swedish rail operator SJ told Swedish Radio that he is upset over the figures.

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