SJ - Articles and news items
In European Railway Review Issue 5 2016, Crister Fritzson – Chief Executive Officer and President of SJ AB – will be sharing some insights into the history of Sweden’s oldest and largest train operator; its recent developments and plans for the future.
Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /
In Sweden there is now a solid majority in the parliament in favour of building high-speed rail lines between Stockholm and Gothenburg, and Stockholm and Malmö. The government has therefore appointed a group of negotiators – the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure – with the mission of enabling a rapid implementation. The group will present proposals for financing principles, formulate a development strategy and identify track and station locations. Crister Fritzson, CEO of Swedish passenger train operator SJ, explores what the future holds and why high-speed rail in Sweden is an important investment…
Rail industry news / 3 April 2014 /
JDA Demand and Price Sensitive Revenue Management solutions to help drive more accurate forecasting and improve competitive pricing strategies…
Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /
Competition on the Swedish railway is on the rise as new players enter the market. While procured rail traffic was exposed to competition in the early 1990s, the deregulation of commercial domestic traffic first began in 2007 and was only fully deregulated in 2010. Since then, SJ’s competition has grown and major players such as MTR are currently applying for a service position. In an interview for European Railway Review, Thomas Silbersky, Director of SJ’s Sales and Marketing Division, discusses the advantages of SJ’s passenger loyalty programme in today’s increasingly competitive market.
“When the aviation, energy and telecom markets were deregulated in the 1990s, there was less customer activity in the energy market, but more in the telecom market, where a greater product and price differentiation was achieved,” comments Thomas. “However, the state-owned companies, Vattenfall (energy) and Telia (telecom), continue to be the largest players in their respective sectors. In the aviation market, which has greater similarities to our market, SAS was only exposed to serious competition in the 2000s; we are now seeing some greater differentiation there, with several players collectively challenging SAS, which adversely impacted the company and culmi – nated in a crisis in autumn 2012.”
Rail industry news / 14 August 2013 /
SJ® is turning to customer experience management software from IBM…
Transforming the Heathrow Express fleet (Daniel Smith, Head of Engineering, Heathrow Express)
Fully controlled fleet maintenance boosts performance levels
Fleet maintenance optimisation (Christian Daniel, Maintenance Organisation Director, SNCF)
Issue 5 2012 / 20 September 2012 /
In the 1980s, air travel captured the market share from rail travel. This is no longer the case as since the 1990s, rail travel has gradually taken back the market share. Between 2000 and 2010, passenger kilometres in Sweden grew by more than 50%, with a particularly robust increase after 2005 – a trend that is partly related to SJ’s transition from a state-run service to a commercial enterprise.
We all remember when SJ received a SEK 1.8 billion government grant to avert bankruptcy. Following this, the incorporated SJ has been profitable and the entire railway sector has completed a turnaround – a 150-year-old industry was reborn. Modern business practices have increased travel by approximately 5% per year.
Challenges across the borders with ERTMS (Justus Stern, Rolling Stock Division, Engineering & Projects, SJ AB)
Europe’s leading signalling experts raise opinions and debate – conference review of Rail Network Solutions 2011 (Craig Waters, Editor, European Railway Review)
Issue 5 2011 / 22 September 2011 /
When the tilting train X2000 was introduced 21 years ago, it dramatically changed the way of travel in Sweden. Travelling by rail took substantial market shares from airlines and road traffic. The key success factors were higher speed (200km/h on existing infrastructure), point-to-point travel, significantly reduced travel time, better comfort and a higher service level with a focus on the business traveller. Travelling with the X2000 became associated with a high ‘coolness’ factor and a certain status.
The total market for rail traffic in Sweden and Scandinavia continues to increase whilst it is also moving into a new competitive context due to deregulation. Since October 2010, there is full open access for any operator to the Swedish market.
Now SJ’s ambition is to respond to market demands and future competition to find a successor to the X2000. A new high-speed train capable of travelling at 250km/h on existing tracks is needed. SJ’s vision is that the new trains should change the way of travelling in the same way that made the X2000 concept so successful when it was introduced in the 1990s.
Issue 5 2010 / 20 September 2010 /
It is difficult to pinpoint the event that was the most important in SJ’s 150-year history. Was it when the government took over all of the country’s private railways in 1939? Was it when the infrastructure maintenance division was spun off in 1988? Was it the introduction of the X2000 trains in the early 1990s or the start of online ticket sales in 1997? No one can really determine which event or which decade affected SJ most, but even the most recent one has been tumultuous for SJ.
SJ has been on quite a journey following its conversion to a limited-liability company. In 2002, SJ was an inefficient company on the verge of bankruptcy. Since then, the company has undergone tremendous change and is now market-focused. SJ has identified various customer groups and their needs and then developed products and services that satisfy as many travellers as possible. The company has created a flexible pricing model that enhances its profitability, despite a significant reduction in the lowest prices. Unnecessary costs have been eliminated, and the fleet is used more efficiently. SJ has reversed the trend and is now one of Europe’s most profitable rail companies, with all-time high profitability of a 13.9% return on equity achieved in 2008.
Growth of population, urbanisation, trade and economics as well as the environmental and climatic challenges calls for sustainable and efficient transportation solutions. Development of the railway is essential to meet these demands. We have to improve efficiency, quality and maintenance of existing systems as well as invest in new infrastructure, rolling stock and improved services. […]