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SJ awarded Mälardalen operating contract

29 Apr 2016

SWEDEN: The Mälardalstrafik joint venture of local authorities has awarded incumbent SJ a contract to operate subsidised passenger services for four years from December 2016. The contract announced on April 28 covers four routes west and southwest of the capital:

  • Svealandsbanan: Örebro – Eskilstuna – Stockholm (– Uppsala);
  • Nyköpingsbanan: Norrköping – Nyköping – Stockholm;
  • Sörmlandspilen: Hallsberg – Katrineholm – Stockholm;
  • UVEN: Linköping – Norrköping – Eskilstuna – Västerås – Sala.

The contract is designed to cover a transition period for the services, with frequencies to be increased and the introduction of a new ticketing scheme planned for in 2017.

SJ will initially use its own rolling stock, pending the delivery of a fleet of 33 Stadler Kiss EMUs which Mälardalstrafik is to order for delivery from 2019 subject to an ongoing appeal. The operating contract will includes options for a two further years.