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Plans for more fast trains between Stockholm and Malmo
Posted on 27/04/2018


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Swedish rail operator, SJ, plans to increase its trains between Malmo and Stockholm, and Malmo and Copenhagen, to accommodate to a rising number of travellers between the Nordic capitals.

More people are travelling between Stockholm, Malmo and Copenhagen

More people are travelling between Stockholm, Malmo and Copenhagen
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According to The Local, SJ business chief, Petter Essén, told Sydsvenskan newspaper that Malmö and Stockholm are "two major dynamic areas that are growing enormously and more and more people travel between the regions."

The company aims to increase the capacity of its trains by 50 percent and give its fast trains X2000 a 'facelift'.

It also plans to invest in new fast trains that can travel up to 250 kilometres an hour and could start running between Copenhagen-Malmo-Stockholm in 2022.

However, it is not clear if the trains would actually be allowed to run at full speed. Trains in Sweden have been forced to slow down due to cracks in the rails and a series of other maintenance issues that the country's Transport Administration is working to solve.

As reported by The Local, Essén told Sydsvenskan that they are "buying these trains to be prepared, because as soon as there's an opportunity to drive faster on the railway we are ready."

SJ's plans, which are still waiting for the Swedish Transport Administration's stamp of approval, include adding one more departure (and return) between Stockholm-Malmö, Monday to Friday as early as next year.

It wants to increase the number of trains to and from Copenhagen to seven a day.