Travellers stuck at Stockholm's central station.
Travellers stuck at Stockholm's central station. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Record year for delays, cancellations on Sweden's railways

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A record number of passenger trains were delayed last year. Some 12 percent, or roughly 100,000 trains, were more than five minutes late or were cancelled.

It's a clear increase on the year before and the Swedish Transport Association says it will be taking action to avoid a repeat in 2019.

"Of course, we are not happy with the figures. They are far from our goal of 95 percent punctuality by 2020," says Roberto Maiorana, head of traffic management at the Swedish Transport Administration.

He tells Swedish Radio that heavy snow last winter and the summer's extreme heat were major reasons behind the record number of train delays.

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