The Norwegian National Rail Administration
The Norwegian railway network comprises 4,230 kilometres of rail lines. Rail transport accounted for 3,202 million passenger kilometres and 3,489 million tonne kilometres in 2012.
A sustainable mode of transportation
Increasing mobility can conflict with safety and environmental considerations. Transport policy must be sustainable in financial, social and environmental terms. With its environmental advantages, the railway can offer more transport capacity without harming the environment to the same extent as other modes of transportation. Electric trains account for approximately 85 per cent of Norway’s rail traffic. Trains use less energy than other means of transportation to convey the same volume of goods or number of people. The challenge will be to utilize the capacity that already exists, and in further developing the railway’s strong points. A modal shift from road to rail could also help decrease road traffic accidents.
There are major differences in road and rail capacity. A double-tracked railway can, in theory, handle as many as 20 trains an hour in each direction. Double sets of coaches would have a capacity of up to 12,000 passengers an hour during rush hour, while a motorway can only accommodate 6,000 to 7,000 passengers. In other words, during rush hour, a double-tracked railway line can convey as many passengers as two parallel four-lane motorways.
Environmentally friendly life cycle
By virtue of its role as infrastructure manager, capacity distributor and traffic controller, the Norwegian National Rail Administration’s environmental performance is intended to support the environmental targets of customers and stakeholders. Efforts are being made to further reduce the railway’s environmental impact by setting standards for subcontractors and contractors. This will benefit the entire life cycle of railway infrastructure at the same time as environmental advantages are a strategic policy instrument for giving added value.
Railway modernisation is an environmental measure
These days, the railway is struggling with old and run-down infrastructure and rolling stock that sometimes result in unnecessary long travelling time, insufficient capacity and poor punctuality. The airport express train, which runs on state-of-the-art infrastructure with new material, was an instant success, with heavy traffic and excellent punctuality. It affords considerable road traffic relief, entailing a corresponding reduction in pollution.
On track for more!
The Norwegian National Rail Administration’s job is to ensure the railway is a safe, modern and socio-economically profitable mode of transportation. The main environmental objective is for the Norwegian National Rail Administration to promote the railway’s environmental advantages. The administration will continue to work for the railway to maintain its advantages as the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
On-going Projects and Investment Plans for Norwegian Infrastructure
Investments in the Norwegian railway system have increased sharply in recent years. During the middle of the 2000s, annual investment was at a level of 1.5 billion kroner, whereas the investment budget for the present year comprises 10 billion kroner.
There is broad political agreement in Norway to invest in the railways around the large cities, including by expanding the InterCity network between Oslo and the central towns of the Østlandet area. After the preparation of ambitious expansion plans for these lines in the early 1990s, progress on the projects after the year 2000 has been slow. Some double track parcels have been placed into service in disparate areas. Now, the expansions will be more contiguous and priority will be given to stretches serving Fredrikstad, Tønsberg and Hamar.
Large railway projects are under construction, and more are being planned.
A modern Vestfold Line
The aim of the Norwegian National Rail Administration’s plans for a modernised Vestfold Line is to reduce the travel time between Oslo and the Vestfold/Grenland area. A modern railway will also provide the opportunity to run more trains, thus offering a better service to the inhabitants of the Vestfold/Grenland area.
The total construction length of the project is 14.1 km with a double track line from Holm in Sande to the Nykirke passing loop in Municipality of Re . A total of 12.3 km of the new line will be in a tunnel and the new Holmestrand Station will be built inside the mountain. This is the first section on the Vestfold Line to be built for speeds of 250 km/h. The new station will comprise four tracks, of which two will be high-speed through-lines and two will be local lines with platforms.
A completely new 23.5 km line from Farriseidet to Porsgrunn will replace the outdated, winding section of line between Larvik and Porsgrunn. The present line is 35 km long and trains currently take 34 minutes to make the journey from Larvik to Porsgrunn. With the new line, the same journey will take only 12 minutes.
The new line will be built in extremely undulating terrain and will include seven tunnels with a combined length of 14.5 km, in addition to five bridges – the longest of which will cross Hallevannet in Larvik.
The Ringeriks LineRingeriksbanen is a new double track connection between Sandvika and Hønefoss in the east of Norway. The track is 40 km long, and 66pst of the track will be built as a tunnel. In addition to Hønefoss and Sandvika there will be a station at Sundvollen. Future travelling time between Hønefoss and Sandvika will be 20 minutes. Ringeriksbanen is a part of the Bergensbane that connects Oslo and Bergen. For future travelers this journey will be approximately one hour shorter.
The project is in the early planning phase and construction is planned to commence in 2019 and completed in 2024. Jernbaneverket will establish a joint project organization with the Norwegian Road Administration to realize the synergies in building rail and road together. Jernbaneverket will be in charge of the project administration with NRA supporting the leadership to safeguard the best possible construction of the road part of the project.
New Bergen–Arna Double Track
The Bergen–Arna section is the most heavily trafficked single track line in northern Europe. With up to 120 trains a day, the section is operating at full capacity. Making it a double track will more than double the route’s capacity, allowing higher speeds and more flexible timetables. The Bergen–Arna double-tracking project is actually two projects: double-tracking from Bergen Station to Fløen and construction of a new tunnel and double track line from Fløen to Arna. The Norwegian National Rail Administration intends to conduct the two projects in tandem to take advantage of time and cost synergies.
Twin tunnels and double track through Mount Ulriken will increase the capacity for passenger and freight services, making it possible to run trains every 15 minutes between Bergen and Arna. With two tunnels, services can continue to operate through one tunnel without interfering with essential maintenance work in the other tunnel. This will improve reliability.
The largest project
The Follo Line Project is currently the largest transport project in Norway. This is a 22 km line from Oslo Central Station to Ski, with a cost of approx. NOK 25 billion (currency regulated in 2015). Important preparatory works started in 2013, the main works will start in 2015 and the new line is scheduled for completion at the end of 2021. Designed for speeds of up to 250 km/h, the route is designed in tunnels for 20 km. Today, the Oslo-Ski project comprises the new double track Follobanen as well as the new Ski Station, and realignment of the existing Østfold Line.
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