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Elisabeth Enger - Articles and news items

Norwegian railways enter a year of intensive planning

Issue 3 2012 / 8 June 2012 /

Since the beginning of 2012, three important reports on Norwegian railways have been issued in quick succession. First was the major high-speed study, followed by Jernbaneverket’s concept study for expansion of the InterCity network in eastern Norway. Subsequently, the central government agencies for sea, air, road and rail transport tabled their proposals for a new National Transport Plan (NTP) covering the period 2014-23.

The high-speed study examines options for the future of the rail network and recommends long-term strategies for developing longdistance passenger rail services on the main routes in the southern part of Norway: Oslo-Trondheim, Oslo-Bergen, Oslo-Stavanger and Bergen-Haugesund-Stavanger, plus the Oslo-Gothenburg and Oslo-Stockholm cross-border routes. The InterCity study is intended to establish a timeline and a cost estimate for comprehensive expansion of the InterCity network. The report proposes construction of double-track lines for speeds of up to 250km/h on the Oslo-Halden, Oslo-Larvik and Oslo-Lillehammer routes. In this way, the InterCity routes will be upgraded for future high-speed trains.

A turning point for Norwegian railways

Issue 3 2011 / 31 May 2011 /

2011 will be an exciting year for Norwegian railways. The past year was unfortunately marred by widespread service disruption and much criticism from passengers, the media and politicians. Our goal at Jernbaneverket, the Norwegian National Rail Administration, is that 2011 should be the turning point where we begin to see results from all the improvement initiatives under way.

If 2011 is to be a turning point, delays must be reduced and punctuality improved. We need to increase customer satisfaction and to perform better in public opinion surveys.

Atkins awarded contracts on Norway’s High Speed Rail Study

Rail industry news / 5 October 2010 /

Atkins has been selected to carry out two studies on a proposed new high speed rail system in Norway – the biggest transport study of its kind in the country…

Norwegian High-Speed Study has awarded the first contracts

Rail industry news / 30 September 2010 /

Both international and Norwegian companies have been selected to start work on studies for high-speed rail in Norway…

Norway’s tough winter challenge and double-track progress

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

The past winter was unusually tough and challenging for Norwegian railways. Almost three months of continuous cold weather took their toll on ageing and well-worn infrastructure, resulting in record low punctuality and a large number of train cancellations. Never before have we experienced such poor punctuality over such a prolonged period. Rail users rightly voiced their displeasure. The media were merciless in their criticism, and intense political debate ensued.

On top of winter’s many disruptions, the run-up to Easter brought more trouble. On 24 March 2010, 16 wagons broke loose from a retarder at the Alnabru freight terminal and rolled at high speed down to Oslo harbour, where a number of them smashed into two buildings.