The Øresundståg network is currently operated by Danish State Railways (DSB) and Transdev, and connects Gothenburg, Kalmar, Karlskrona and Malmö in Sweden with Copenhagen and Helsingør via the Øresund Fixed Link, serving a total of 50 stations. Services will be operated using a fleet of 111 class ET/X31 EMUs.
SJ will be responsible for services on the Swedish side until 2022, when it will take over operational responsibility for services to Østerport in Denmark.
The contract includes an option for a two-year extension, which would extend SJ’s tenure until 2030.
SJ will establish a new business unit, SJ Öresund, to manage Øresundståg operations. Transdev staff will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the new company in their current roles.
SJ says tendered services are becoming increasingly important to its business strategy.