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Norway to invest US$40 Billion in Rail Infrastructure over 12 years | Urban Transport News



Oslo, Norway (Urban Transport News): In a significant move to bolster its transportation network, the Norwegian government has announced plans to invest a staggering NKr 435 billion (equivalent to $US 40.13 billion) in railway infrastructure over the next 12 years. This ambitious proposal is part of the National Transport Plan for 2025-2036, aiming to enhance railway services across the country.

The allocated budget emphasizes a substantial increase in funding for infrastructure renewals, with a gradual rise anticipated throughout the plan’s duration. Nearly half of the funds, approximately 47%, are earmarked for operations, maintenance, and renewals, while 35% are allocated to major investment programs.

The blueprint closely aligns with recommendations from the Norwegian Railway Directorate and infrastructure manager Bane Nor, emphasizing the importance of infrastructure renewal and improvements in urban passenger services, intermodal freight capacity, and network expansion in the long term.

Breakdown of Allocated Funds:

  • NKr 81.3 billion for infrastructure operations and maintenance
  • NKr 123.7 billion for smaller investment projects and renewals
  • NKr 153.8 billion for major investment projects
  • NKr 8.2 billion for railway sector management
  • NKr 67.2 billion for purchasing passenger services
  • NKr 1.5 billion for grants

Some of the major projects slated for implementation include the doubling of tracks on the Arna – Stanghelle line, increasing local train frequencies around Oslo, and enhancing operational stability. Additionally, plans involve doubling tracks up to Seut on the Østfold Line, augmenting capacity on the Trønder Line commuter route, and boosting intermodal traffic capacity on key routes like Oslo – Narvik and Oslo – Trondheim.

The government aims to extend electrification efforts to key lines such as the Trondheim – Bodø Nordlands Line, as well as on the Hamar – Støren Røros Line and the Solør Line, primarily utilized for freight transportation. There are also considerations for introducing double-deck trains on the Østfold Line to accommodate growing passenger demands.

Looking ahead, the government plans to initiate the planning process for a new national tunnel connecting Oslo S and Skøyen, anticipated for completion in the 2040s.

Efforts will be made to enhance existing services, including increased frequencies on various routes and electrification projects, aimed at improving efficiency and connectivity across the railway network.

Norway’s ambitious investment in rail infrastructure underscores its commitment to modernizing transportation and ensuring sustainable mobility for its citizens. By prioritizing renewal, expansion, and operational enhancements, the government aims to pave the way for a more efficient and reliable railway system, benefitting both passengers and freight operators alike.

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