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Travellers warned of heavy Christmas traffic

December 23 is one of the busiest days of the year for traffic, and with Christmas Eve being on a Saturday this year, travel conditions could be worse than usual.

The main Swedish celebrations take place on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24. Many people are still working today, December 23, and will be travelling to see friends and family this evening or tomorrow morning – which could cause disruptions on the roads. 

“Many people work a half day before packing their car and taking off. It looks as though there could be extra traffic now since Christmas is concentrated to the weekend, meaning there could be a lot of traffic today and tomorrow morning,” Beisi Sundin at the Swedish Transport Administration told TT news agency. 

In the Värmland county two women were taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision. The two drivers had stepped out of their cars when a third vehicle hit one of their cars, and they were seriously injured. The people travelling in the third car were slightly injured. 

Trains are also affected by the concentrated Christmas weekend. With fewer days to choose between for travelling, many departures are fully booked. 

“We are more or less fully booked today, especially from Stockholm – both northbound and southbound,” Tobbe Lundell, press spokesperson at the train operator SJ told TT news agency.

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