File photo: Johan Nilsson / TT
File photo: Johan Nilsson / TT Credit: File photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

SJ reinstates its train service between Sweden and Denmark

Swedish train operator SJ will resume service its between Sweden and Denmark on March 1, after reaching an agreement with the Danish rail traffic control company to provide space for SJ passengers to have their identifications checked before embarking on the journey.

"The ID checks will happen before passengers board, and there will be security officers to carry out this work. Passengers must be at the train 30 minutes before departure," Åsa Larsson, who is responsible for external communication at SJ, told TT.

When Sweden introduced a law requiring ID checks beginning on January 4th, SJ suspended its service between Sweden and Denmark, writing on its website, "Our planning of the introduction of ID border checks in Copenhagen before the departure of SJ trains bound for Sweden has shown that we are currently unable to carry out ID checks in accordance with the requirements of the new law in the amount of time allowed. The available time slot at Hovedbanegården station in Copenhagen is too short for us to carry out these checks."

Now, however, SJ has found a solution to the problem with Banedanmark, which will provide SJ access to an isolated track at the Copenhagen train station, so that the ID checks can be carried out.

The Social Democrat Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, told TT that he was pleased SJ had found a solution, as the issue had symbolic importance.

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