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Public transport in Malmö: border controls will cause delays

Published torsdag 12 november 2015 kl 14.44
"You better take an earlier train"
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An officer checks identifications on a train outside of Malmö. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT
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An officer checks identifications on a train outside of Malmö. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT

The temporary border controls between Denmark and Sweden may cause delays in the train traffic of up to 15 minutes, according to the local public transport operator Skånetrafiken.

Since noon on Thursday, police are asking travellers and commuters going between Denmark and Sweden to show ID. The ID checks are random and part of the country's recently imposed border controls. Ulrika Mebius, press spokesperson at Skånetrafiken, says that the measure will cause delays and urges people to visit their website for more information about potential delays.

"There will be delays, so if you're in a hurry you better take an earlier train," Mebius tells Radio Sweden, reminding people to also bring their ID's or passports to speed up the process.

The ID checks are carried out before the train makes its first stop in Sweden, and those without a valid ID are escorted off the train for further investigation.

Close to 20,000 people commute between Denmark and Sweden every day and Ulrika Mebius says that several people have called them to ask how the border controls will affect their commute.

"Some people have called us and been a bit worried," Mebius says.

The re-imposed border controls will not affect people's right to seek asylum in Sweden according to police.

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