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Higher train ticket prices at rush hour?

Published måndag 3 juni 2013 kl 14.03
Passengers would be encouraged to travel when there's less congestion Photo: Sara Hector/Sveriges Radio

Gothenburg and Stockholm have congestion charges for cars that drive into the city centre - but now a new government proposal may see train tickets get more expensive, in order to cut down on congestion at rush hour.

Broadhseet Svenska Dagbladet reports that Infrastructure Minister Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd is prepared to bring in fees for train operators who use the tracks during peak times. She says this is the fastest way to use the existing system in a better way, rather than building more tracks.

She says that ticket prices may rise, then fall when congestion has been reduced. The government agency in charge of Sweden's transport system is currently looking into the issue of new fees.

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