ID-checks cause train operator SJ to cancel trains to Denmark
Sweden's biggest train operator SJ cancels all trains to Copenhagen from the 4th of January, when the train, bus and ferry operators will be required to carry out ID-checks on the trains from Denmark. The company says there has not been time to up with a viable plan for how this should work.
Last week, the Swedish parliament passed a temporary law that - from the 4th of January - makes transport companies responsible for ensuring that passengers travelling to Sweden carry valid photo-IDs. The lawmakers refer to "a serious danger to the law and order or the internal security in the country" and it is a result of the large number of people who have come to Sweden to apply for asylum recently.
Commuters and businesses in the Öresund region have expressed concerns for what this means to the every-day commute between Sweden and Denmark and to the economy. And now the train operator SJ tells the news agency TT that they have temporarily cancelled trains between Malmö and Copenhagen from the 4th of January. This is because the traffic planners in Copenhagen have not had time to come up with a plan that allows SJ to carry out the ID-checks in the time given.
"We are currently looking at solutions which allows us to carry out ID-checks and get the trains operating again," Monica Berglund, communication's manager at SJ tells TT.
According to the daily Sydsvenskan, a passenger travelling with an SJ-train from Stockholm to Copenhagen currently have five direct connections to choose from. But after Monday the 4th of January none of them will be left. Instead passengers are told to switch to a different train operator Öresundståg, in Göteborg, Hässleholm or Lund instead.
According to the paper, this would increase the travelling time between the two capitals from five to five and a half hours.
TT reports that people who have already bought tickets in January for the trip to Copenhagen will be informed about the changes via a text message at lunchtime Monday. They will be told about alternative trains and how they can get their money back for the cancelled journey across the Öresund bridge.