"Winter problems at the beginning of the year caused widespread disruption to train services that affected both our customers and our business," says SJ president Mr Jan Forsberg. "The second quarter was marred by major infrastructure problems with damaged contact wires, broken rails and flooding, combined with the fact that SJ had insufficient vehicles to deliver our planned service.

"Overall, confidence in the railways, train transport and SJ has been damaged," continues Forsberg. "This has led to lower revenues, and increased expenses for train maintenance, replacement services, and compensation for travel delays. We have seen a reduction in travel during the second quarter of this year. A long-term effort is underway to recover the trust of our customers."