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Stockholm needs to raise preparedness to cope with extreme weather

On Monday, was both the bus and commuter train traffic with big problems. On Tuesday it was instead the chaos in the subway.

Early in the morning went to a planned maintenance work in the subway wrong and worsening the already strained situation in the public transport. In the middle of the morning rush hour paralysed, then the green line, which at the time has far over 100,000 passengers, of a växelfel.

metro was the platform so jam-packed with road users that the guards were forced to temporarily block the downward passage to relieve the pressure. But according to the SL's press service, there was never any danger to safety.

at the same time, it was during Tuesday continued framkomlighetsproblem for the buses in the entire Stockholm region on the basis of the slip. According to SL they had taken the height for the many road users in the metro, but in combination with the weather conditions so arduous situation.

" You had passed the 130.000 passengers travelling on the green line in the rush hour in normal cases. But now it was unfortunate with the weather conditions. We have difficult framkomlighetsproblem in the rest of the traffic because of the ice, said Aleksander Krajisnik, presstalesperson on SL.

should the locals expect a continued difficult situation in public transport in the week, when the temperature is expected to commute around the zero.

" We know that the weather will be unfavorable. It will freeze on, and switch between the thaw and the snow and then freezes to ice. We recommend that you keep an eye on the situation both on the web and in SL's app, " says Aleksander Krajisnik.

Regionrådet Tomas Eriksson (MP) who is responsible for accessibility within the public transport says that the region continuously have a dialogue with the municipalities about the removal of the snow, and underlines that the bus services are totally dependent on local government capacity to plough.

the priorities of the removal of the snow become a right - vänsterfråga in the debate and he wants to get away from. In order to prevent gridlock and improve accessibility must public transport be given a higher priority, he points out.

" I think that no matter which municipality it is all about and which the government must prioritise the stombussgatorna and busstråken in a higher degree than what is done today, for it may so extremely large effects on traffic when the buses do not arrive.

mean that in a location where bus service should be set against the car so need bus services weigh heavier than in the day.

" It's simply folded resenärsmängden higher than the number of cars. We have a dialogue with the municipalities, " says Tomas Eriksson.

Tomas Eriksson (MP), chair of the regional assembly. Photo: Hampus Andersson

He points out that the Stockholm region in the long term, also to increase the preparedness for managing the effects of climate change, which among other things includes cool snowfall when large amounts of precipitation fall in a short time.

" I think when we evaluate it here, so we will need to take height for this type of weather events that cool snowy weather) depicts and the extreme weather that we will see more of as part of the climate change.

called for opposition politicians in the region for better coordination in order to prevent a breakdown in traffic as a result of the messy winter weather. The coordination of crisis preparedness in the region, however, is on the county council, which can call in to krissamordningskonferenser within the framework of cooperation Cooperation in the Stockholm region to which the 37 players are connected in order to be able to coordinate the preparedness and resources in the event of crises. Where included, inter alia, the region, the police, the Finnish transport agency and the emergency services, as well as the 26 municipalities.

Staffan Gröndahl, convener of the function, the Official in emergency preparedness at the county, says the county during the last few days called to several meetings to get a common situational awareness. The county administrative board has a coordinating function, but the act is not operational.

It is important that all who have the responsibility of living up to it, and it syncs with each other so that not the Swedish transport administration plows at the same time as the bus is running.

– It is important that all who have the responsibility of living up to it, and it syncs with each other so that not the Swedish transport administration plows at the same time as the bus is running. It is also to get a situational awareness of the region, " says professor Gröndahl.

on the state of preparedness for crises is generally a balancing act, " he emphasises.

" You want to be able to dimension the resources of society to cope with vintervägunderhållning and other crises, but the level of preparedness must also be weighed against the cost to have personnel in preparedness and the likelihood that this will occur. It's all about finding the right balance.

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