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Rail workers survey

Poorly maintained trains sent out in Stockholm

Published onsdag 10 april 2013 kl 16.06
"Trains that are sent out are sometimes in breach of safety regulations"
(4:26 min)

A staff survey of railworkers in the Stockholm region by pollsters Novus on behalf of the Swedish Union for Service and Communications Employees (Seko) shows an alarming disrespect for safety standards with poorly maintained track and trains.

The 700 union members surveyed claim that there is a lack of maintenance on commuter rail tracks in particular and some trains in the region are sent out even though they breach safety regulations.

Erik Sandberg, the press officer for Seko, told Radio Sweden that safety should be put before profit.

"Badly maintained train wheels can damage tracks, so it is a vicious circle. The infrastructure and maintenance is open to free competition and the cheapest offer gets the contract to maintain the tracks. Sometimes we wonder if the only thing that counts is profit".

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