STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Stockholm’s two newest commuter train stations which opened just a year ago, Stockholm City station and Odenplan station – are completely closed until further notice due to safety measures.
According to its website the escalators at the two stations have been functioning improperly.
“It stopped abruptly, everyone fell backwards in free fall. It was just lucky that more people weren’t seriously injured,” SL managing director Caroline Ottosson told a press conference on Friday according to thelocal.se.
Maintenance workers were “incredibly surprised” when they opened the escalator and found rust and “extensive wear and tear”.
SL said it would “demand immediate action” from the company that installed the escalators and added it was working to reopen the stations “with running escalators as soon as possible”.
“We can’t say today how long this is all going to take,” said Ottosson.
The commuter trains are currently passing Stockholm City and Stockholm Odenplan without stopping. The closest alternative stops are Stockholm Södra (south of City) and Solna (north of Odenplan).
If you need to travel onwards from Stockholm Södra, walk to metro stations Mariatorget (red line) or Medborgarplatsen (green line) and travel by metro to T-Centralen or your preferred stop.
From Solna, replacement buses will transport passengers from the train station to the metro, where you can take the blue line to central Stockholm.