"The state should take over railroad maintenance"

The Swedish parliament’s Committee on Transport and Communications has called for the state to take over again maintenance of the country’s rail network.

The minority government was out-voted by the opposition parties who called for a proposal as soon as possible giving responsibility back to the Swedish Transport Administration.

Until 2009, track maintenance was run by the State Rail Administration, but after it merged with the Transport agency, the job was outsourced to different companies, with uneven results.

The co-leader of the Green Party, Gustav Fridolin, told Swedish Radio News the current system means long lines of communication to get things gone, with uncertain results.

But conservative Moderate Infrastructure Minister Catharina Elsäter Swärd has expressed concern about the consequences, saying she prefers to have several companies with major knowledge and involvement doing the job.

New rail chaos fears

Plans to align Sweden's rail network with neighbouring European countries by investing millions of dollars in a new signal system carry with it a warning of fresh chaos for train travellers.

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