SWEDEN / DENMARK: direct awards for night trains are just a painkiller, not the remedy
The only night train operator between Sweden and Germany over the past eight years has been Snälltåget, a privately owned venture, doing it on a commercial basis without subsidy. Next year it will serve Denmark as well.
Now, state rail incumbents are lobbying for directly awarded taxpayer subsidy for night trains between the same countries - only for themselves.
SWEDEN: Result of government investigation confirms a serious problem in the rail ticket sales market. Urgent change is needed – all across Europe
Back In 2018, two new rail operators in Sweden (MTRX & Saga Rail) separately reported rail incumbent SJ to the Swedish Competition Authority (SCA) for not allowing them to be either searched for or booked on SJ’s market dominant online rail ticket sales channel. In June 2019, after a thorough investigation, the SCA acknowleged the anti-competitive effects of the situation.
Competition Authority calls on government to regulate online rail ticket sales – to better serve consumers
Early last year, two new rail operators (MTR Express & Saga Rail) reported the Swedish rail incumbent SJ to the Swedish Competition Authority (‘SCA’) for not selling them on its dominant online rail ticket sales channels, distorting transparency for consumers. This month, the SCA announced that it agrees: “the dominant position of SJ in rail ticketing is detrimental to a functioning market”.
Swedish rail incumbent SJ is repeatedly smearing MTR Nordic as a “Chinese state company”.
ALLRAIL is disturbed to learn that senior figures at the Swedish state-owned company SJ are repeatedly smearing our member MTR Nordic. Recently, SJ’s Senior VP Communication, Malou Sjörin, criticised MTR Nordic on social media, labelling it a “Chinese state company” while SJ is a “Swedish company”.
ALLRAIL member MTR reports Swedish rail incumbent SJ to the Swedish Competition Authority
ALLRAIL believes that access to ALL rail travel information should become a passenger right. ALL rail timetables & pricing options should be available at ALL ticket vendors. Incumbents know that, if they do not show & sell all rail options on their in-house sales channels (with the inherited brand equity), passengers will not easily find out about new competitors on the tracks.