Stockholm-Oslo high-speed rail to continue

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Swedish rail confirms fast trains for next spring and summer

Swedish rail company SJ has confirmed it will continue to run three fast trains between Oslo and Stockholm next spring and summer, despite threatening last year to stop the popular X2000 line due to major line works in Norway.

When the X2000 service between the Swedish and Norwegian capitals was introduced just over two years ago, the travel time was reduced to about five hours.

That was appreciated by passengers, and in the first year passenger figures doubled on the route.

Works on the line
SJ said it would bring back the slower trains when Bane Nor, which manages Norway’s railways, announced major two-year works between Kongsvinger and Lillestrøm.

But in August, Bane Nor said there was no money for the works, postponing them until the late summer 2018.

Now, SJ has pledged high-speed trains throughout the spring and summer, until the line repair works begin in mid-August, when there will be a reduction in traffic. These works will be complete in 2022, and from that date capacity will increase again – to eight high-speed departures in each direction.

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