Sweden mulls future of Arctic sleeper trains

June 2, 2016

Written by  Keith Barrow, International Railway Journal

SWEDISH infrastructure manager Trafikverket has launched a consultation on three options being considered for the future funding and operation of overnight trains from Stockholm to northern Sweden following the completion of a study into the economics of the services.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

SJ currently operates two daily overnight services, Stockholm – Kiruna – Narvik and Gothenburg -Stockholm – Luleå, under a public service obligation contract, which expires in 2018. The state’s contribution to the operation of these services is around SKr 100m ($US 12m) per year.

Under the first option, the two trains would continue to operate on the current basis beyond 2018, which would offer the greatest benefits to the tourist industry. However, Trafikverket says this is a costly option with ridership unevenly distributed between seasons.

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