December 8, 2015 - Assignment

SL outsources commuter train operations in Stockholm region to MTR

The Stockholm Public Transport Authority (Sw. Storstockholms Lokaltrafik, “SL”) has, following the completion of a public procurement process, awarded MTR an outsourcing contract for the operation of commuter trains in the greater Stockholm region. The contract extends over ten years, with the possibility of a four-year extension. The contract value is calculated to be approximately SEK 30 billion over the total contract period.

The procurement process has taken approximately two years, was conducted in close co-operation with market players and resulted in five tenders for the assignment. In addition to providing transport operation, the assignment comprises maintenance of all commuter trains, management of real property and stations and customer service related measures. While the majority of the compensation will be based on provision of traffic operation, a large amount is also incentive-based and related to passengers’ satisfaction with the commuting experience, including timeliness and cleanliness of the trains and stations as well as the travel experience as a whole. The incentive-based amount can reach up to approximately SEK 200 million per year.

SL, part of the Stockholm County Council, has the overall responsibility to ensure all who visit or live in the municipality of Stockholm have access to extensive, accessible and reliable public transport and is tasked to plan, procure, manage, develop and promote public transport in the region.

MTR is responsible since 2009 for the operation of Stockholm’s metro railway system. MTR also operates MTR Express which runs express trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg, as well as commuter trains and metro railway systems in London, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Beijing.

SL was advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the outsourcing/procurement. The firm’s team was led by Martin Pekkari, assisted by, among others, Anders Bergsten, Anna Rundblom and Anna Eidvall. Johan Carle was responsible for matters relating to public procurement and was assisted by, among others, Sven Vaxenbäck, Anna Lapinska and Lisa Rylander.