Slussen no longer able to carry heavy trucks

One of Sweden's most famous traffic junctions, Slussen in Stockholm, is in such poor condition that it can no longer carry vehicles of more than three and a half tonnes.

A traffic diversion, which will also apply to public transport, will be introduced from November 1st.

Stockholm City Council has allowed three different consultancy firms to examine Slussen, which was opened in 1935. All have discovered that several load-bearing steel girders are in such bad shape that the strength of the structure is at risk.

As part of the diversion, heavy traffic will be limited to certain sections of the junction, although cars and light vans will not be affected.

Repairs are likely to begin early next year.


Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic.