March 23, 2015

MTR launches Swedish open-access service

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MTR Corporation launched its first European open-access venture on March 21, when MTR Express began operating its initial timetable of four trains a day between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

MTR Express serves intermediate stations at Södertälje, Skövda, and Herrljunga with a journey time of 3h 19min for the 455km trip.

MTR Express will operate a fleet of six 200km/h Flirt 3 EMUs ordered from Stadler in November 2013 at a cost of $US 90m. Each five-car train seats 244 passenger and seating configuration is uniform throughout with the level of service differentiating according to ticket type.

Over the next few months the delivery of the remaining trains will enable operations to be stepped up to eight services per day.

Fix is the cheapest type of advanced fare with prices starting at SKr 185 ($US 21) and these tickets are only valid on a specific train. Flex fares start at SKr 395 and allow the passenger to choose a seat, while fully-flexible Plus tickets start at SKr 595 and include at-seat service and meals. Plus passengers can also book an adjacent seat if they require more space and seats are selectable when booking online using a seat map. All three fare types include free Wi-Fi access and a full refund is available on any ticket cancelled within 24 hours of booking

An interview with MTR Express CEO Mr Johan Söör will appear in the April issue of IRJ.

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