Transport disturbances

The functionality of the transport systems is extremely important for our survival. Almost no municipality in Sweden can manage without external deliveries and very few municipalities would be self-sufficient in a crisis situation. A major accident involving aircraft, boats, cars or trains can have extensive consequences.
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Your readiness for transport disruptions

Stay safe when travelling and stay informed about delays and cancelled departures. Here are a few more things to consider before your trip.

Delays and stops in traffic

  • The Swedish Transport Administration is responsible for road, train and ferry traffic.
    Their telephone number is 077–192 19 21.
  • It is primarily your travel operator that you should contact in the event of delays and cancelled departures. Keep track of their current travel information.
  • The weather can affect traffic. Follow reports on weather conditions and warnings from SMHI.

Safety 

  • Read the safety information on board. This includes, for example, how you should act in the event of a fire or accident.
  • Carefully follow the instructions given by personnel on board in the event of an evacuation, for example.
  • Respect signals and signs.
  • Never cross or walk on a railway track. It is prohibited by law.
  • Watch out for fallen electrical cables by railway tracks.
  • Make sure you know where emergency exits and lifeboats are if you are travelling by ferry/boat.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas. Flowing water can cause the car to drive off.

Winter traffic

In winter, it is especially important to prepare for the car journey. Plan your trip so you don't have to stress. Make sure you are rested when you start. Drive carefully and follow weather forecasts and traffic reports on the radio. Here you will find tips on more things you can do to make your journey as safe as possible.

If you drive in winter conditions:

  • Plan your trip and be in good time.
  • Review your winter equipment, check your winter tyres and prepare for what to do if you get stuck on the road. See more tips on the right.
  • Follow weather forecasts and traffic information on the radio.
  • Drive with consideration, keep your distance from the vehicle in front and adapt your speed to the road conditions and visibility.
  • Watch out for slippery frost in valleys and depressions. The road surface on bridges is cooled both from above and from below, and the risk of slipping can be greater along rivers with open water.  
  • Take it easy in the overtaking lane on dual carriageways. Road salt is less effective there.
  • Avoid overtaking plough cars like tandem ploughs. 

Preferably use a different means of transport than the car if the weather looks really bad. Always follow the authorities’ or the police’s instructions to avoid going out into traffic. 

How you can help in the event of a traffic accident

  • Drive on if there are already people on site – unless you have specialist expertise in medical care. Park your car as safely as possible if you stop. 
  • Call 112. 
  • Use hazard warning lights to warn others not to enter the area.
  • Find out if there is any damage on site. Shocked people can wander off into the forest or out onto the road. Try to help them.
  • Try to get an overview of what has happened. How many cars are involved? How many people are injured? Report to the emergency services. 
  • Listen to what the emergency services are saying and stay clear if they ask for it.  

The information comes from Trafikverket, Swedavia and SJ.