About A-Train

Arlanda Express is owned and operated by A-Train AB, which also designed and built the new Arlanda Link. When the link was completed in the autumn of 1999, the facility was handed over to the Swedish Government.

In return, A-Train AB now leases back the Arlanda Link under an exclusive concession, giving it the right to operate train traffic until 2050, with the business being conducted fully on market terms.

Owner

On 9 July 2014, Portare 1 AB (Portare) acquired all of the shares in the company that owns A-Train AB.

The seller was Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund, which had owned A-Train since 2004. Portare is owned by State Super, Sunsuper and SAFE. The acquisition was preceded by an approval process by the new owners and coordination with the owner of AIAB.


Portare 1 AB

About the owners:
STC Pooled Fund (State Super)
State Super owns 37.5% of the shares in Portare.
Sunsuper Pooled Superannuation Trust (Sunsuper)
Sunsuper owns 25% of the shares in Portare.
State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE)
When SAFE makes infrastructure and real estate investments in properties and infrastructure in Europe, SAFE is represented by its UK subsidiary, Ginko Tree Investment Ltd (GTIL). SAFE/GTIL owns 37.5% of the shares in Portare.


Management team

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Magnus ZetterbergCEO
Oscar LeopoldsonDeputy CEO & CFO
Mia LindströmCustomer Service & Communications Director
Jimmy AhlSafety Director
Martin ByströmTechnical Director
Madeleine KochHuman Resource Director
Axel NilssonChief Commercial Officer
Alexandra StrömbergChief Operating Officer
Jonas NygrenBusiness Intelligence & Business Development Director

E-mail: firstname.lastname@atrain.se


The history of Arlanda express in one minute

When Arlanda Express was officially opened in November 1999, it was a major step forward for air travel and transport in Sweden. It suddenly became possible to travel from Stockholm Central Station to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in only 18 minutes.

To be able to build a third landing strip while meeting these requirements, a new travel alternative to and from Arlanda was needed.

Traditionally, most of the money would have been obtained from the taxpayers, but the Swedish economy required a different solution: a number of major international banks were persuaded to provide loans, with only future ticket revenues as a guarantee, in what for Sweden was a unique project between government and business.

The Arlandabanan (Arlanda Link) was the first major infrastructure project in more than a hundred years to be financed largely by private funding.

Banverket (the National Rail Administration) was tasked with managing the expansion from two to four tracks on the stretch nearest to Stockholm, between Ulriksdal and Rosersberg. A bidding contest was announced for the Arlanda Link itself, that is, the stretch between Rosersberg via Arlanda, and back to the main line at Odensala.

The contest was decided in August 1994. The winning consortium, ALC, comprised the Swedish companies NCC, Siab and Vattenfall, as well as the UK companies, Mowlem and GEC Alsthom. The work commenced in 1995. NCC and SIAB were responsible for all construction and civil-engineering works, as well as overhead contact lines. UK company Mowlem delivered the tracks and switches and GEC Alsthom built the trains and delivered the signal and communications systems.


Facts:

  • Manufacturer: Alstom Transport Ltd, Birmingham, UK.

  • Number of trains: 7 train sets.

  • Design: Each train set comprises two motorised rail cars and two middle cars.

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/hour.

  • Number of seats: Each train set has more than 200 seats.

  • Luggage racks: In each carriage, there are spacious luggage racks.

  • Comfort: The trains are air-conditioned. Step-free boarding is directly from the platform.

  • Access: In one of the middle carriages, there are special places for those in wheelchairs, as well as a disabled WC and nursery table.

  • The trains were redesigned in 2006, when the interiors were designed by Björn Borg International.

  • In 2010-2011, all of the trains were remodelled and redesigned once again. The project was carried out with the company iDesign: The train of the future is launched!