SWEDISH state-owned operator SJ has signed a contract worth approximately SKr 7bn ($US 740m) with Alstom for the supply of 25 250km/h Zefiro Express trains. The deal was originally announced in December and includes an option for a further 15 trains.

The trains will be used for long-distance services in Sweden as well as for cross-border operation to Norway and Denmark. The new trains will be the fastest in Sweden and will complement the recently refurbished X2000 fleet, the backbone of SJ’s long-distance offer, when they enter service in 2026.

The trains will have 363 seats as well as space for bicycles, luggage storage, and a fully equipped SJ bistro, which will serve hot food. They will also support effective mobile phone transmission onboard and reduce noise to minimise disruption to passengers. Secondary batteries will also be installed to enable the train to operate in the event of disturbances to power supply. Further details of the trains are set to be revealed at SJ’s Annual Meeting on April 27.

“This is a fantastic investment, which is further proof that SJ is the way to travel in the future,” says SJ's vehicle director, Mr Arvid Fredman. “I am convinced that our customers will appreciate our new trains, with high-speed, comfortable seats and good light, as well as good opportunities to both work and relax during their trip.”

SJ unveiled this artist's impression of the new train when the deal was announced in December.

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