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Copenhagen Metro lines restored to normal service after breakdowns

Copenhagen Metro suffered two breakdowns across two lines on Monday, one during rush hour. There were no signs of outside interference, a Metro spokesperson said.

Copenhagen Metro lines restored to normal service after breakdowns
Copenhagen Metro suffered two breakdwons across two lines on Monday, on during rush hour. There were not signs of outside interference, the Metro said. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The Copenhagen Metro’s M3 and M4 lines were out of action for two separate spells on Monday morning as a result of a “technical breakdown”.

There is no evidence of outside interference, Metro Service head of communications Thor Wilkens said.

The Metro delays began at the busy commuting time of 8:30am and were initially resolved around 10:35am, but a second technical problem caused another stoppage, just before noon.

“All trains are stopped. This is due to technical problems. We recommend you find alternative transport,” the Metro said.

The website and app Rejseplanen can generally be used to find alternative bus and train routes in Copenhagen and other cities in the event of breakdowns.

The older M1 and M2 lines were not affected by the stoppages.

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Why public transport in Denmark could become even more expensive

Fare prices were this week raised for public transport across Denmark, but the price hikes might not be done yet according to a report.

Why public transport in Denmark could become even more expensive

Monday saw ticket prices for buses, trains, Metro and light rail services across Denmark go up by an average of 4.9 percent. The exact increase depends on how far you are travelling, the mode of transport and location.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about new public transport prices in Denmark

The price hikes might not be the last public transport passengers see this year, according to a report by broadcaster DR.

Companies which operate Denmark’s various public transport services are usually only permitted to raise prices once every year, but the hope to be given extraordinary permission for a second adjustment according to the report.

“We have now increased prices by 4.9 percent and that is based on some old inflation figures,” Steen Vindum, the chairperson of the national confederation for public transport companies, Trafikselskaberne, told DR.

Specifically, the traffic companies are looking for an additional 10 percent increase in fares from May or June onwards.

“Inflation in Denmark this year [2022, ed.] has been around 10 percent, and we wouldn’t be able to introduce that increase until 2024 under normal circumstances. That’s why we’ve applied to introduce it somewhat earlier,” Vindum said.

“We simply need to cover our increasing costs for fuel in general. If we don’t do that, the consequence is that there might be fewer bus departures in future,” he also said.

“The consequence could unfortunately also be that some people think public transport is getting too expensive and choose not to use it, and that’s why this is a difficult question. We are very aware that prices shouldn’t go up too much,” he said.

Transport minister Thomas Danielsen told DR that he expected the public to generally understand a 4.9 percent increase in fares given an inflation level of 10 percent.

He did not commit with regard to additional increases.

“When inflation is almost 10 percent, an increase of 4.9 percent isn’t very much,” he said.

“I will have to have a discussion with transport companies and their owners in relation to what they envisage before I say yes or no to one thing or another,” he said.

“Increasing prices do not promote the use of public transport, but everything in our society is increasing in price. So nothing is getting cheaper at the moment because of high inflation,” he said.

READ ALSO: How much will rising prices cost Danish families each month?

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