The first train is due to be delivered to Sweden in October and driver training is due to commence soon afterwards.

MTR Express - a subsidiary of Hong Kong's MTR Corporation - plans to launch its Stockholm – Gothenburg service in March 2015, when it will go head-to-head with incumbent operator SJ. MTR Express will operate 110 services per week with a journey time of 3h 10min on the 455km route.

"Everything is proceeding as planned and we have received a lot of interest from prospective employees, customers, and media here in Sweden," MTR Express CEO Mr Johan Söör told IRJ.