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Social Dems: Re-nationalise railway maintenance

Published onsdag 22 januari 2014 kl 14.38
Montage: Sveriges Radio

The center-left Social Democrat Party wants to re-nationalise track maintenance, it announced today.

In a press conference, party leader Stefan Löfven said that a well-functioning rail system is a pre-requisite to reaching the goal of Sweden having the lowest unemployment in the European Union by 2020.

The Social Democrats claim that the Transport Administration is not aware and in control of its own tracks.

There have recently been a series of serious derailments of cargo trains in the Stockholm region, one of Sweden's most trafficked rail tracks.

In a pre-election pledge, the Social Democrats also propose improving track inspections by making it the responsibility of the Transport Administration; they also want it easier for workers employed by private sub-contractors to raise the alarm about safety issues.

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