The Swedish National Rail Administration has overall responsibility for the entire railway system. This means that it follow and promote development throughout the entire railway sector. The Swedish National Rail Administration's activities are steered by the Parliamentary transport policy goals.
The Swedish National Rail Administration shall initiate, plan and support applied socially motivated research within the area.
The Swedish Rail Agency was incorporated into the newly formed Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) in 2009. The agency was then merged with the Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) on 1 April 2010 to form the new Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).
The transport policy goals consist of one overall goal and five sub-goals. The overall goal is to provide a system of transport for citizens and the business sector all over the country that is both economically effective and sustainable in the long term.
The five sub-goals are:
- an accessible transport system
- a high standard of transport quality
- safe traffic
- a good environment
- positive regional development
- a transport system offering equal opportunities.
The Swedish National Rail Administration's sectoral responsibility within the area of railways means that the Swedish National Rail Administration shall initiate, plan and support applied socially motivated research within the area.
The Swedish National Rail Administration research and development programme have a budget on SEK 70 - 100 million per year during the five-year period.