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Allergic Swedes demand separate metro carriages

A Swedish allergies association has asked Stockholm public transport officials to set aside certain carriages on the metro for those with allergies - banning nuts, animals, and strong fragrances in transit.

Allergic Swedes demand separate metro carriages
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"I am terrified that I will get an allergic reaction when the tube is standing still in a tunnel, and I won't be able to get out," Lotta Johansson, a Stockholmer with severe nut allergies, told the Metro newspaper.

She added that even if she did manage to escape quickly, her "entire evening would be ruined" after an encounter with a peanut-muncher on the metro.

"I have to take medicine, my throat burns, and my lips look as though I've just had botox," she explained.

Johansson is one of many who have asked Stockholm's public transport agency (SL) to make things a bit easier for those with allergies. The Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association has requested that there be designated cars clearly marked as "safe."

"Around 15 percent of Sweden's population have allergies, everything from smells, animals, nuts," Maritha Sedvallson, association spokeswoman, told The Local.

"And we think these people shouldn't have to face problems in doing such simple things as commuting to work or school. 

SL, however, has rejected the appeal, saying that completely allergy-safe cars on the tunnelbana would be impractical.

"Furry animals are already not allowed," press spokesman Jesper Petterson explained. "But there are so many different allergies and so many different allergens that it would be very difficult to prevent all of them."

Pettersson added that SL can take alternative measures, such as halting sales of peanuts in the vending machines on metro platforms, though the agency cannot prevent passengers from carrying peanuts onboard from other sources.

Back at the allergy association, Sedvallson said that such a move was obvious.

"I mean come on, this is so easy to do. This should have been an obvious move from the beginning. A small move like this would do so much to lower the risk in the first place," she told The Local.

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The Paris transport works that could disrupt your summer

Every year, major engineering works take place on the capital's public transport network in July and August, when Parisians flee the city for their summer holidays. Here’s the lines affected this year.

The Paris transport works that could disrupt your summer
Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP.

Metro

The most significant changes to Metro lines will take place on line 6. The line will be closed between Montparnasse-Bienvenüe and Trocadéro throughout July and August, and the Nationale station will remain closed until the end of August. Replacement bus services will be available but will add time to your journey.

The Mairie des Lilas stop will also be inaccessible from June 26th, so line 11 line will end at Porte des Lilas until August 29th.

There will also be disruption on line 14, with no trains running between Gare de Lyon and Olympiades from July 25th until August 22nd, as work takes place to extend the line to Paris Orly Airport.

RER

Services on the RER A line will be suspended between Auber and the Université, Cergy and Poissy stations from June 26th until August 29th, every day from 9pm and all day on weekends.

From August 9th to 13th, and August 16th to 20th,  services will be suspended all day between Auber and La Défense, and no trains will be running to or from Poissy.

Frequent work is planned on RER B, which will affect journeys between the city centre and Charles de Gaulle and orly airports. There will be no services between Aulnay-sous-Bois and Charles de Gaulle 2 Airport on the weekend of June 26th-27th, or any day after 11pm from July 1st until August 27th. There will however be a replacement bus.

Services between Charles de Gaulle terminals 1 and 2 will also be suspended on July 3rd and 4th. Likewise for journeys between Gare du Nord and Charles de Gaulle 2 on August 14th and 15th.

Improvements take place during the summer, when public transport is less crowded. Photo: Aurore MESENGE / AFP.

The Luxembourg stop meanwhile will be closed throughout the whole of July. As will the Fontaine-Michalon station to the south of Paris from June 28th to July 23rd, and Denfert-Rochereau every weekend from July 24th until August 22nd.

The RER C will also see its share of engineering works, with no trains running between Pontoise and Avenue Henri Martin on weekdays after 9:30pm, from July 1st until July 13th.

There is greater disruption to come on weekends from July 15th to August 21st. Services will be suspended between Musée d’Orsay and Pontoise, Saint-Quentin en Yvelines and Versailles Château Rive Gauche, and Massy – Palaiseau and Pont de Rungis Aéroport d’Orly.

Tram

Most tramlines will be unaffected by works, but there will still be interruptions in certain areas. Notably, the stretch of the T3b line from Porte de Vincennes to Delphine Seyrig will be blocked between July 3rd and 9th.

Full details of the disruption can be found on the RATP website.

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