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Oslo-Stockholm train popularity speeds ahead. The weeks-old route has seen a huge growth in passenger numbers in just a short space of time. Sweden state railway SJ commenced services on 10th August. The company’s tilting X 2000 train, also called the X2, covers the stretch in 4.5 hours, with the number of daily departures having increased from two to three.

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Oslo-Stockholm train popularity speeds ahead

Published on Tuesday, 8th September, 2015 at 12:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The weeks-old route has seen a huge growth in passenger numbers in just a short space of time.

SJ's X 2000
The train on its way towards Stockholm.SJ's X 2000
Photo: Stefan Nilsson/SJ


Sweden state railway SJ commenced services on 10th August.

The company’s tilting X 2000 train, also called the X2, covers the stretch in 4.5 hours, with the number of daily departures having increased from two to three.

This Norway-Sweden journey used to take some six hours.

SJ press spokesperson Petter Essén says that the first few weeks’ passenger numbers “have exceeded all expectations.”

“We can already notice an 18 per cent increase in the number of trips compared with the same period last year,” he told Norway publication Dagsavisen.

The company is aiming for a 20 per cent rise over one and a half years.

“We’ll certainly be considering the possibility of an increase in daily departures to serve our new customers even better if the trend continues,” said Mr Essén.

Some 1.4 million passengers fly between Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm annually.

According to Dagsavisen, Norway airports operator Avinor reports return trips declined by 1.3 per cent in August this year.

And while the SJ-ABB- built X 2000 (ABB was formerly known as ASEA Traction) does the Stockholm-Gothenburg stretch in 2 hours and 50 minutes, SJ states, Norway’s trains have been found to be among the slowest in Europe.

A Norwegian Ministry of Transport-commissioned report considering possible high-speed rail links between southern Norway cities as well as Oslo-Gothenburg and Oslo-Stockholm also never left the station of enthusiasm.

Since then, the Chinese have said they would be interested in investing in inter-Scandinavia high-speed-rail, with Norwegian government politicians stating that they wish to review rail links between Norway and Sweden.



Published on Tuesday, 8th September, 2015 at 12:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: trains, oslo, stockholm.





  
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