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Train cancellations due to lack of train drivers hit western Sweden. Traveller warned to be cautions about journey plans

Sunday, 03 July 2011
Nearly 70 regional and commuter trains in western Sweden were forced to be cancelled making commuters to remain stranded over the weekend. Most of the cancellations are being blamed on lack of drivers.

The drivers are reported to have gone on vacation without being replaced, writes regional newspaper G�teborgsposten (GP).

DSB First Western, which runs regional and commuter trains in western Sweden, cancelled around 70 departures since 14 o'clock last Friday, said Transport Administration. About 60 of the cancellations are due to train drivers going on vacation, and that there were no replacements.

The problems, which GP revealed on Saturday, also continued on Sunday. Two night trains were cancelled on the night to Sunday (Bor�s and Varberg and Varberg-Boras) and includes seven trains cancelled during the day (Nassjo - 15:13 Sk�vde, Bor�s, Sweden - Varberg 17:01, Skovde - 17:23 Falkirk, Falkirk - Skovde 17 : 53, Varberg - Boras 19:44, Nassjo - 21:17 Falkirk, Falkirk - Nassjo 23:00).

In addition, commuter trains between Gothenburg and Alings�s has planned cancellations until 15 o'clock on Sunday because of track work.

V�sttrafik, who procured the DSB First, was initially unaware that the disruption was caused by DSB First workforce unavailability
Later, however, V�sttrafik Communications chief, Lena Joven, confirm that many of the regional trains cancelled were due to lack of staff at DSB First.

“We are really not happy that we did not get information from the DSB First about this,” she says.

Neither V�sttrafik nor DSB First could provide clear information on Saturday evening about any indications of any situation relating to the incidents.

According to Lena Joven of V�sttrafik, they can already see that there will be consequences for the company.
“For cancellations, there will be penalty. I can not say what happens in this case yet, but it is clear that there are consequences if the traffic does not go as expected.”

Rolf Torwald of DSB First would not speculate on how it may affect the company before the size of the delays have been evaluated.
“If we managed our agreement with V�sttrafik poorly, there can be no question of a fine and that in itself is of course never fun.” He also adds that the problem came about due to poor planning. In most cases buses replaced the cancelled train services. Travellers to western Sweden are therefore called to be cautious about the journey plans.
By Scancomark.se Team


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