The Wasp's Waist renovation project – five tips for train travellers this summer
Travelling by train this summer? Here are some tips to help you and the other 26,999 SJ passengers during the Swedish Transport Administration's Wasp Waist renovation project.
In summer 2020, Stockholm's so-called Wasp Waist is closed for renovation. This track maintenance means all train traffic is suspended between Stockholm Central and Stockholm Södra, which, in turn, impacts train travel throughout Sweden. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your journey:
1. Be prepared to change trains
The track maintenance means all SJ trains that normally depart for the south from Stockholm Central, or arrive from the south at Stockholm Central, will now stop at one of two commuter stations: Stockholm Södra or Flemingsberg. If you are arriving from the south, or travelling to the south, you will need to change to a commuter train to get in or out of Stockholm Central.*
If you arrive from the north, or will be travelling northbound from Stockholm Central, you will not be affected by the track maintenance.
2. Say hello to commuter trains
Getting to or from Stockholm Södra and Flemingsberg stations is easy by SL commuter train. They depart from and stop at Stockholm City, the commuter train station that lies adjacent to Stockholm Central. The commuter train from Stockholm City to Stockholm Södra takes just 3 minutes. The trip to Flemingsberg takes 19 minutes. There are SJ hosts available to help you at both these stations. Just look out for the yellow vests with the SJ logo.
And don't worry; if you have bought a ticket for the whole route from SJ, we have calculated in enough changeover time for you to easily change trains.
3. Top up your trivia!
And while you're on your way, how about entertaining your travel companions with a little station trivia? Did you know, for instance, that in the mid-1960s Flemingsberg counted as a small town with a population of 260? Or that when Stockholm Södra station was built in 1860 it was the city's first railway station? In those days, the station was located at Medborgarplatsen, roughly where Söderhallarna stand today.
4. Wrap it up!
During the track maintenance period, SJ will be selling wraps, hearty sandwiches, and hot and cold beverages on board trains serving refreshments. If you are travelling by a SJ train with no refreshments service, passengers are advised to buy something at the station or bring along a picnic. Hot food cannot be preordered during the track maintenance period.
5. Give yourself a little space
Both Stockholm Södra and Flemingsberg are smaller stations than Stockholm Central, and all passengers cannot wait on the platform at the same time. This is why we advise our passengers to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the train is due to depart.
* Some trains will go another way, north of lake Mälaren, and can therefore depart from Stockholm Central as usual. The station information in the timetable and on your ticket is always correct. Read more.