SJ’s night train carriages should be cleared for Denmark before year-end
The authorisation for SJ to also use its EuroNight passenger coaches in Denmark is likely to arrive before the end of the year, the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) said in a reaction to RailTech.com on Thursday.
Swedish operator SJ ran its first night train between Stockholm and Hamburg earlier this month. As it was still awaiting approval for its carriages in Denmark, SJ was forced to shorten its train. It only ran a number of couchette carriages; the sleeping compartment carriages had to be eliminated. SJ was forced to cancel booked tickets as a result. The constraints were also noticeable at a service level, with the operator only able to offer snacks and beverages.
In a separate reaction to RailTech, SJ said it is still offering daily departures, albeit only with its couchettes.
“We confirm that the Agency has received a request for authorisation of a vehicle type related to passenger coaches on 14/07/2022, that concerns an Extension of Area of Use to Denmark (including the long tunnels)”, ERA told RailTech.com. “Upon submission, the Agency immediately assigned an assessment team and started the collaboration with the NSA DK in order to assess the file.”
“The legal framework stipulates that the authorisation of a vehicle type should be issued within a maximum of 5 months, detailing the timeline of the process as follows: one month for assessing the completeness of the application file (completeness phase), and 4 months for assessing the application (assessment phase).” According ERA, the assessment phase has been ongoing since August 22.
“The Agency is fully committed to providing its best service to the European citizens and to the entire sector, and we will do our best effort to provide as soon as possible a decision, when reasonable assurance is achieved on the fulfilment of the legal obligations of the different actors participating in the process”, ERA adds. It stresses, however, that it is reliant on “the other entities involved in the design, manufacture, verification and validation of the vehicle and/or vehicle type”, to also do their part.