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Trains cancelled between Skövde and Falköping in 2016

During 2016, Trafikverket will be replacing the overhead lines along the railway between Skövde and Falköping. As a result of this work, many of Västtrafik’s trains will be cancelled, with replacement services operating instead.

The work will be carried out from 11 January 2016 to 14 August 2016. Here you will find information about what Västtrafik is doing to help those who use this route. More details to follow.

  • Between January and August next year, Trafikverket will be replacing the overhead lines between Skövde and Falköping. During this time, only very limited train services will be able to operate. 

    The work is being done because the system of overhead lines on the western mainline is old and worn. During 2015–2017, Trafikverket is replacing overhead lines, pylons and cables along the entire route between Laxå and Falköping. Once complete, this work will mean more reliable train services, with fewer disruptions.

    For more information, visit Trafikverket’s website.

  • Västtågen trains on the following routes are affected:
    Gothenburg – Falköping – Skövde – Töreboda
    Nässjö – Falköping – Skövde – Töreboda

    The following routes are not affected:
    Gothenburg – Falköping
    Gothenburg – Falköping – Nässjö
    Skövde – Töreboda

  • Trafikverket will decide which trains can operate and which must be cancelled. For Västtrafik, this means that 38 services per day will have to be cancelled between Falköping and Skövde during the period 11 January–14 August 2016. This corresponds to two-thirds of Västtrafik’s services. A large number of services will also be cancelled during the summer period from 13 June to 14 August 2016.

    To provide the best possible assistance to those affected, we will be directing you to those trains that are running and to replacement bus services. You can also travel using some of Västtrafik’s tickets on SJ trains. We will not be able to guarantee seat availability on all train services, however. 

  • The bus times will be coordinated with connecting trains in Falköping and as far as possible with connecting trains in Skövde towards Töreboda. The bus journey between Falköping and Skövde takes around 40 minutes. The replacement bus services have been scheduled in such a way that there will be enough space on all departures. There will also be special extra buses that can be put into service at busy times. 

  • Yes, replacement services and alternative routes can be found in Travel planner and, as before, SJ trains will also be displayed as a travel option in Travel planner.

  • Passengers travelling on Västtrafik trains and replacement buses will be able to travel using their usual tickets. The replacement buses will be equipped with Västtrafik card readers, where you can check in and out your pay-as-you-go card. On replacement buses you can also buy a single ticket from the driver.

    Our tickets on SJ trains

    Many of Västtrafik’s trains will be cancelled during the engineering work. However, our customers can travel using our tickets on SJ trains on this section of the route. 

    Period card

    You can travel on SJ regional trains using a Västtrafik period card. When travelling on an SJ regional train using a Västtrafik period card, you must have a card check with you so you can show that your ticket is valid. A card check is a receipt slip that shows, among other things, when the ticket was activated. You can obtain a card check from one of our Västtrafik shops or ticket sales agents or from a driver.  

    Regionen runt Xtra

    You can travel using Västtrafik’s Regionen runt Xtra period card on all SJ regional trains and SJ express trains. The price of the card is reduced by SEK 500 from 3 January. The new price is SEK 3,495.

    Pay-as-you-go card

    SJ trains do not have a Västtrafik card reader on board, so you cannot check in and out your pay-as-you-go card on board. So if you want to travel on an SJ regional train with a pay-as-you-go card, you will need to buy a single ticket specially produced for pay-as-you-go customers in advance at Falköping travel centre or Skövde travel centre. Tell the staff in the shop which section you want to travel on and they will help you with a ticket for one or two zones. You pay for the single ticket using your pay-as-you-go card at the ticket sales agent. If you are travelling using JLT’s reskassa, you will need to buy a supplementary ticket and pay using a bank card or credit card. 

    Single ticket

    You can use a Västtrafik single ticket to travel on SJ regional trains on the section between Skövde and Falköping. Buy your Västtrafik single ticket at Falköping travel centre, Skövde travel centre or as an sms ticket. Remember to buy your ticket before you board the train. 

  • There is a park & ride site with 200 spaces at the station in Falköping and another car park with 130 parking spaces will be built close to the station. Map of car parks in Falköping (pdf).

    There is a park & ride site at the station in Skövde with 237 spaces. 

  • Yes, the travel guarantee applies. Replacement services will count as ordinary services during this period, with the journey times this involves. This means that you can claim under the travel guarantee if the replacement service is delayed by more than 20 minutes compared with the timetable.


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