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Smaller Alliance partners turn on Moderates

Smaller alliance partners want more investment

Published lördag 12 februari 2011 kl 12.55

The winter snow chaos has become a politically divisive topic inside the ruling government coalition with the smaller Centre, Liberal and Christian Democrat parties turning on the Moderates and Infrastructure Minister Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd , calling for more investment in the transport system.

Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson told newspaper, Dagens Industri , that more money has to be spent so that people can travel despite the snow. Olofsson wants an increase in maintenance investment and even an expansion of the railways.

Christian Democrat Mats Odell, who is chairman of the Swedish parliament's industry committee, said that the situation is "completely unacceptable," and that there must be big investments in the future.

Liberal Party economic spokesperson, Carl B. Hamilton said that those executives responsible were not doing their job.

"if it is true that Sweden has never invested so much in infrastructure as now, but it still doesn't work, is it not time to change the executive heads?"

However, according to Infrastructure Minister Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, the amount of money invested is still at the mercy of extreme weather conditions.

"We cannot run at full capacity when the weather is so extreme."

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