Train service linking Sweden’s two largest cities begins operation
23 March 2015 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
MTR Corporation, the operating company for Crossrail concession services, has launched an all-new open access train service linking Sweden’s two largest cities Stockholm and Gothenburg.
MTR Express will serve the 455 kilometre route with a fleet of brand new energy efficient Swiss-built trains designed for Nordic weather conditions. A fleet of brand new Stadler FLIRT trains will operate the service and will provide ergonomically designed business class seating throughout to ensure a comfortable travel experience for all passengers. The new intercity service will provide 90 weekly train trips between cities.
MTR already operates the Stockholm Metro and is responsible for running and planning the system spanning three lines with 100 stations, 108km of track and 1.2 million journeys per weekday.
Elsewhere, MTR will begin running Transport for London Rail branded services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield from May 2015, as the first part of the Crossrail concession.
Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR’s European Business, said: “2015 is going to be a busy year and the launch of MTR Express is just the start as we will soon be taking over operation of Crossrail whilst also continuing to develop our services on London Overground.
“The successful launch of MTR Express is a testament to the hard work of our staff across our European operations. MTR globally is known for its exceptional customer service and we look forward to applying our experience to this new high quality service.”