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Andreas Nordström: Nothing is working for SL – in addition to biljettkontrollerna

The last few days have near enough nothing worked for SL. Public transport has rather reminded of a kind of bottenfrusen staging of James Cameron's ”Titanic” than just public transport, with Leonardo DiCaprio replaced by Kristoffer Tamsons.

But there is actually a part of SL's colossal machinery of the works. Just excellent, also. I speak of course of biljettkontrollerna.

in a comical fullknökad subway car (where the driver with slight panic in his voice continually cries out to us in the public address system that he really needs to close the doors because we are so late) to the end of the skumpar into Thorildsplans station, one can find that I should meet with a string quartet playing Albinonis ”Adagio in g minor” while we cry together. Instead, I end in a ticket inspection.

The arma inspectors look sadly out to be even unhappier than we are travelers. Considering that SL's own drivers have had difficulty getting to work because of the ”difficult” weather, one may ask how these kontrollantkrakar taken to its extremely ungrateful work. Maybe with a jetpack? Because the 5 million checks shall be carried out annually so get this to be a priority activity.

rolls the SL's ambitious advertising campaign in the tv. Where we get to see happy people in meticulously nystädade buses and trains on the road to the future.

the Irony not dead. It has only taken the commuter train and is a little late.

Andreas Nordström is the web editor at dagens nyheter Sthlm and finds comfort in her colleague Erik Helmersons elegant frontal attack on those responsible for the Stockholm public transport . Read also his columns about the well-deserved contempt towards the residents and parents with sockerskräck .

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