Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Denmark: Thousands scared off the Metro

Three out of four Danes expect a terror attack against their country:

Denmark: Thousands scared off the Metro

Last month's terrorist attacks on the London underground system has taken its toll on Copenhagen's Metro as well. The underground railway operator reported a 25 percent drop in its passenger figures in July, as 700,000 chose other means of transportation around the city, daily newspaper B.T. reported on Wednesday. Only 2.1 million took the Metro in July, compared with 2.8 million in the same month 2004. Anne-Grethe Foss, CEO of the Øresund Development Corporation, the Metro's operator, placed the blame first and foremost on the London bombings, but said technical problems and good weather could also be held accountable for some of the passenger drop. Two days after the attacks on 7 July the passenger figures fell by 14,000 per day. An Islamic organisation threatened Denmark with a similar attack as a punishment for the country's participation in the invasion of Iraq. After the attacks in London, police have asked Metro to increase security measures in the underground system.


At August 03, 2005 3:26 PM, Blogger sorenras said...

Well, there just might be another effect at play, oh say, like the fact that most people hold their summer vacation in July, and therefore are unlikely to take two trips a day on the Metro. Not as sexy as being scared of terror, but maybe that is what they are referring to when they mention "technical difficulties".

There have been almost no traffic congestion in the last month in and around Copenhagen. No doubt the roadbound commuters are also scared of terrorists. Hey, maybe that is tomorrow's story.

At August 03, 2005 3:32 PM, Blogger Rune said...

That was my first thought, but the comparison is made on the same month last year.
Only 2.1 million took the Metro in July, compared with 2.8 million in the same month 2004.

Supposedly the Danes also had their summer vacation this time last year. If anything the numbers of passangers this year should be higher than last year, due to the overall increase of passenger to the metro.

At August 03, 2005 7:53 PM, Blogger sorenras said...

Ack. Thanks. I guess that'll teach me to read the effing article before shooting off my big fat mouth.

At August 03, 2005 10:56 PM, Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

OT -- I used your material (and Rune's) as part of my post: A Call to Subversion.

You guys are brave souls. Thanks for everything you do.


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