Even though a great deal of effort has been devoted to the upkeep of Sweden’s railways in recent years, the number of train delays has remained virtually constant. This also means that the industry has a long way to go before it can achieve its objective, which is that 95% of trains should arrive on time, or no more than five minutes behind schedule.
The rail industry can find no good explanation for the delays, while businesses are warning that the problems on Sweden’s railroads are undermining their competitiveness.
Lena Erixon, director general of the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is promising that the focus will now be on ensuring freight trains run on time.
The Swedish Forest Industries Federation (Skogsindustrierna) has pointed out that it now takes longer to send goods by train than it did 10 or 20 years ago.