Godstransportmarknaden på järnväg: underlag till utredningen om järnvägens organisation


This report aims to describe how the Swedish rail freight market works and how it might develop in the future. It is written as background material for the Committee Reviewing the Organisation of the Railway Sector. This report follows up on the questions and statistics presented in VTI rapport 741, (Vierth, Follow-up study of the deregulation of rail freight traffic, 2012) but it is in all relevant aspects newly written. It has been 20 years since the rail freight market was deregulated. This report argues that there is a relatively well-functioning competition in the market but some problems remain. Green Cargo is still the dominant player but with steadily falling market shares. The capacity in the rail system is a substantial obstacle if traffic is to increase. It is good that track fees are starting to be used as a policy instrument. Track fees needs to increase, especially where rail capacity is insufficient. The process for applying for train slots is time consuming and bureaucratic. A more modern application process could increase capacity and make the rail system more flexible. The reliability in the rail system is low, especially for freight trains. A better reliability would improve the competitiveness of the rail system in relations to the other modes of transport.



Open seminar with Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory...

Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory panel (ISAP) is visiting Stockholm, and the program will host an open seminar where the panel members will give talks in their area of expertise.

ERPUG 2017

The five year anniversary of  European Road Profile Users' Group (ERPUG) Forum will take place at Ramboll head quarter, Copenhagen, Denmark October 19-20, 2017. 



Vehicle Driver Monitoring: sleepiness and cognitive load

To prevent road crashes it is important to understand driver related contributing factors, which have been suggested to be the critical reason in 94 per cent of crashes. The overall aim of the project Vehicle Driver Monitoring has been to advance the...


Tomas Svensson new director-general

Tomas Svensson was today appointed Director-General of VTI. Tomas has been acting Director-General since January 2017. 


Crash testing bicycles at VTI

For the first time single bicycle crashes have been simulated at the VTI crash safety laboratory.


A case study exploring firefighters’ and municipal officials’ preparedness for electrical vehicles

A VTI-study presents a social perspective on new vehicle technology. It explores the self-reported preparedness of the fire departments (i.e., rescue services) in Sweden’s three largest cities regarding rescue operations involving electrical vehicles (EVs).


Pioneering research on and about bicycles at VTI

Under what circumstances might cyclists lose tyre grip? What actions could then be taken to prevent a crash? VTI is currently developing a theoretical model of the behaviour of bicycle tyres during braking and steering in different situations and on different...


Virtual pedestrians create efficient stations

If more people are to choose sustainable travel, then the public transport stations of the future must be designed so that pedestrians can get where they are going quickly, without congestion or queues. The Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)...