Sales of commuter tickets between Denmark and Sweden drop

The number of commuter tickets sold for the Øresund Bridge crossing between Malmö and Copenhagen dropped significantly in the first two months of 2017 compared to the same period the previous year.

Sales of commuter tickets between Denmark and Sweden drop
A train from Malmö arriving in Copenhagen. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sales of 30 day commuter passes by southern Sweden's transport operator Skånetrafiken for the trains between the two cities were down 18.6 percent in February 2017 compared to February 2016, and down 7.5 percent in January 2017 compared to January 2016.

The February drop came despite the initiation of a change designed to streamline the ID checking process at the Danish side of the journey, which has been a thorn in the side of commuters for over a year. As of January 30th they no longer have to go through the time-consuming process of switching to a different platform in order to have their ID verified at Kastrup rail station as they previously did.

Instead, ID is now checked on the same platform from which trains arrive and depart the airport rail station. Danish rail operator DSB introduced the change to the ID checks after 12 months of declining passenger numbers: many people commute between Malmö and Copenhagen and have complained about delays and the time added to their journeys.

A further move to streamline the process was agreed in February, when Denmark gave the go-ahead for Swedish police to board the trains in Copenhagen and then begin ID checks at the Swedish end of the bridge as soon as the train physically crosses the border into Sweden. It is hoped that change can also reduce the inconvenience caused to those who use the trains to commute.

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Though Sweden and Denmark are both part of the border-free Schengen zone, the temporary ID checks have been in place since January 2016, as the two nations attempted to get to grips with the flow of asylum seekers over the crossing following the peak of the refugee crisis in 2015.


Copenhagen and Malmö even in feisty ‘Battle of the Bridge’

A tasty return match could be on the menu after the 1-1 draw between Malmö FF and FC Copenhagen on Thursday.

Copenhagen and Malmö even in feisty 'Battle of the Bridge'
Malmö and Copenhagen players in action on Thursday night. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT/Ritzau Scanpix

Although the UEFA Europa League game ended all square, both teams came away with gripes about how things went.

Copenhagen took the lead through Lasse Nielsen in first-half injury time, before Markus Rosenberg struck an equalizer for Malmö on 55 minutes.

The result was “unfortunately unfair”, Malmö midfielder Anders Christiansen said to Swedish newspaper Expressen after Thursday’s match.

“They had one half-chance and scored one goal,” coach Uwe Rösler said to the same newspaper.

The game had been billed as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ due to the proximity of the two cities, which are separated by the width of the Öresund.

It turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy as the match took on an increasingly physical nature.

There was also little agreement between the two clubs over who had deserved to take more from the game.

“We had full control of the match until Malmö equalized,” FC Copenhagen coach Ståle Solbakken said to Expressen, while admitting he was “satisfied” with the result.

The two teams will play each other again in Copenhagen on December 12th, in a match that could decide who goes through to the knockout stages.

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