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The Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC) - Articles and news items

Sweden’s Railways: Quality, capacity and competitiveness

Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /

Never before has there been so much talk about the railroad in Sweden, writes Björn Westerberg, CEO of the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC). Train services have been developed and adapted for a market with high standards and are an important part of society. Unfortunately, it is the flaws of the railway’s facilities that are in focus. Instead of visions and new developments, there are talks about the ‘maintenance mountain’ and infrastructure debt…

The Swedish railway: with successes and setbacks

Issue 5 2014 / 18 September 2014 /

Rail in Sweden has been under the spotlight for the last 4-5 years, but the good news is that the Swedish railway is now transporting more passengers and cargo than ever before, reports Christel Wiman, CEO of ASTOC – the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies. More and more people are dependent on the railway for commuting and going about their daily routines. But the increased traffic raises some negative issues, including a lack of capacity – not great when trains are already running on old and poorly maintained infrastructure due to a lack of investment over recent years. This causes traffic management problems – occurrences that passengers and freight owners of course do not want.

Growth in member numbers helps strengthen the work of ASTOC

Issue 5 2011 / 22 September 2011 /

The Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC) acts on behalf of Sweden’s train operators. It seeks to represent the interests of commercial rail traffic in its dealing with the Government and Parliament, authorities, business principals, the media and other bodies. ASTOC also assists in increasing the rail industry’s know-how and competitiveness by providing information, advice and services to members. During 2010–2011, several topics have attracted the interest and work of ASTOC, not least related to the latest developments of Swedish transport policy.

ASTOC has continued to grow in terms of the number of members. The association now has 26 members (up from 21 from the previous year) of train operating companies carrying either passengers or freight (see Figure 1). In addition to this, the number of associated members has increased from two to five. A major new member is Malmtrafik AB (MTAB), the train operating subsidiary to the mining and ore company giant LKAB, based in Kiruna in the very north of Sweden. It is a company with unique competence in heavy-load freight traffic, also used to face rather extreme weather conditions. In recent years, the booming demand for raw materials such as iron has implied a surge in volumes from the mining industry – to be transported by rail as well as by other modes. LKAB is currently struggling to keep up with demand.

ASTOC continues to help shape Sweden’s future transport policy

Issue 5 2010 / 17 September 2010 /

The Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC) acts on behalf of Sweden’s train operators. It seeks to represent the interests of commercial rail traffic in its dealing with the Government and Parliament, authorities, business principals, the media and other bodies. ASTOC also assists in increasing the rail industry’s know-how and competitiveness by providing information, advice and services to members. During 2009-2010, a number of topics have attracted the interest and work of ASTOC, not least related to the latest developments of Swedish transport policy.

The future for rail in Sweden should – and could – be bright

Issue 5 2009, Past issues / 26 September 2009 /

The Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC) acts on behalf of Sweden’s train operators. It seeks to represent the interests of commercial rail traffic in its dealing with the Government and Parliament, authorities, business principals, the media and other bodies. ASTOC also assists in increasing the rail industry’s know-how and competitiveness by providing information, advice and services to members. The CEO, Mr. Peder Wadman, runs the daily operations together with a handful of employees working at the association’s office in central Stockholm, including the regular input of staff resources from several member companies.

 

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