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March 23, 2015

MTR launches commercial service on Stockholm-Göteborg route in Sweden

Passenger rail operator MTR Express has launched a new commercial service on the 455km-long rail route between Stockholm and Göteborg in Sweden.

By Samseer M

MTR Express

Passenger rail operator MTR Express has launched a new commercial service on the 455km-long rail route between Stockholm and Göteborg in Sweden.

A subsidiary of Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation, MTR Express will run a fleet of brand new energy-efficient, Swiss-built trains designed for Nordic weather conditions.

In addition, MTR’s first European open-access venture will offer a range of enhanced customer services including ergonomically designed first-class seating throughout the trains and an online 24h booking service with seat selection.

MTR Corporation CEO Lincoln Leong said: "Delivering an enhanced customer experience has been at the heart of our strategy in introducing the MTR Express train service on this important route in Sweden as we are looking to not only attract regular rail passengers but also those who may previously have travelled by car or plane."

"Delivering an enhanced customer experience has been at the heart of our strategy."

During the initial stage, MTR Express will offer around 50 weekly train services between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

On completion of testing and commissioning of the new additional trains in August, the number of weekly services will be increased to 90.

In November 2013, MTR Express placed a €70m order with Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail for six intercity FLIRTs to be operated on the Gothenburg-Stockholm route. Stadler delivered the first unit of trains in October last year.

MTR Express currently operates on the Stockholm Metro through a separate wholly owned subsidiary, MTR Stockholm, serving an average of 1.2 million passengers on weekdays.


Image: The new FLIRT trains operate between Stockholm and Göteborg will be able to carry 244 passengers. Photo: courtesy of MTR Corporation.

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