The King and Queen of Sweden opened the Arlanda Line in November 1999. After cutting the ribbon, the royal couple, and the new Arlanda Express train, travelled to Arlanda in 18 minutes, halving in time compared to other travel options. A fast train was a prerequisite for being able to build the third runway at Arlanda. Twenty years later, 86 million passengers have travelled on the Arlanda Line and the route is an integral part of Stockholm regional development.
In addition to Arlanda Express, the Arlanda Line is also operated by SL, UL and SJ, which run commuter and long-distance trains, respectively. But the first train to roll on the track was the newly launched Arlanda Express.
“With the Arlanda Express station right in the middle of Stockholm, Arlanda airport moved into the city. 18 minutes by express train meant that travellers could plan their trip in a new way, where transport to the airport was no longer a challenge and any uncertainty in terms of time was eliminated. Our ambition is to help our customers start and end their journey in the best possible way. When you sit on the train, your flight has already started,” Magnus Zetterberg, CEO of Arlanda Express, said.
In the 1990s, the need for a train between Arlanda and Stockholm was becoming acute. The E4 was suffering from congestion, and the increasing environmental impact of bus and car traffic was becoming an issue. As a result of the then recession, the government was unwilling to pay for construction out of the state budget. Therefore, the government invited private financiers to build the Arlanda Line as part of a PPP solution, where public and private capital worked together.
“The Arlanda Line is still Sweden's only purely PPP solution, where private players took the risk of building the infrastructure and running the business for a certain number of years,” Zetterberg added.
One of the primary intentions of the Arlanda Line was a socio-economic benefit in the form of a better environment, thanks to trains being a more environmentally friendly means of transport. To date, the Arlanda Line has specifically saved emissions for 86 million passengers, who otherwise would have driven a car or taken a bus between Stockholm and Arlanda. In order to achieve increased environmental benefits, even more traffic needs to be moved from the E4 to the Arlanda Line.
“We believe that the Arlanda Line's environmental benefits also placed demands on Arlanda Express. Our trains are therefore only powered by electricity that is labelled “Good Environmental Choice”, so-called green electricity, which comes from only renewable sources. And, no matter which train operator you choose on the Arlanda Line, trains are always better from an environmental point of view than going by car,” Magnus Zetterberg concluded.
For further information please contact:
Magnus Zetterberg, CEO / CEO Arlanda Express
Tel: 08-588 890 00
About Arlanda Express
Arlanda Express is the fast train between Stockholm’s Central Station and Arlanda Airport. The trains run six times an hour during peak periods and once a quarter at other times. The journey takes a maximum of 18 minutes. Arlanda Express has been named Good Environmental Choice by the Swedish Nature Conservation Association. Traffic started in 1999. To date, 86 million people have travelled on the Arlanda line between Stockholm and Arlanda airport and, in 2018, 3.6 million passengers travelled on the Arlanda Express. For pictures and more information see: www.arlandaexpress.com