Despite several accidents and chaos in the train traffic during the past year the budget for infrastructure will be cut by 300 million dollars in 2011.

No quick fix for the infrastructure in 2011

Despite campaign promises from both the centre-right Alliance and the Red-Green opposition there is little room in the government’s proposed budget for improving the infrastructure and public transportation.

In the 2011 budget the government has allocated 300 million dollars less to repair and improve the railway system compared to 2010. But the Minister of Infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter Svärd says that there is still enough money to prevent traffic chaos.

“There are constant updates and repairs being done and it is getting better,” she told newspaper Göteborgs Posten.

The minister added that it is impossible to make an accurate assessment of the situation based on one budget. Instead people should look at the full 12-year plan.

“Everything that has to do with infrastructure takes a very long time. The challenge is to make sure that the timeframes and budgets are on track and hold for the projects we want to do.”

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