Jernbaneverket - Articles and news items
Rail industry news / 13 August 2015 /
The Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) has awarded the third engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Follo Line Project to Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL).
In our latest free-to-view Rail Winter Operations Supplement, industry experts take a look at the work needed for infrastructure and rolling stock in Norway and Finland to keep operations open during harsh winter months, and what tests do trains and tracks go through in a climatic wind tunnel?
Issue 3 2014 / 4 June 2014 /
The line between Arna and Bergen in Norway is one of the most heavily trafficked sections of single-track railway in Europe, with approximately 130 trains passing daily. This section is a bottleneck for rail traffic to and from the station and freight terminal in Bergen. The Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) is currently carrying out a competitive tender procedure for the construction of the new Ulriken Tunnel between Arna and Bergen as part of the Arna–Bergen double-track project. Two alternative construction methods are envisaged: conventional drilling and blasting or the use of a tunnel boring machine (TBM). On the closing date for tenders at the end of February 2014, tenders had been received based on both methods, and the choice of method will be decided during the negotiations with the contractors. It is estimated that the total investment in the project will be NOK 3 420 million. Hans-Egil Larsen, Project Manager at Jernbaneverket provides more details.
Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /
Shorter journey times, improved regularity and more frequent departures are the main objectives of Norway’s InterCity development, which comprises modern double-tracks between Oslo and the towns of Lillehammer, Skien and Halden. In total, the project consists of 230km of double-tracks, various constructions and 21 stations. The Norwegian National Transport Plan stipulates a planning budget of €25 million over the next four years, and the total investment cost is approximately €12.5 billion…
Read an exclusive interview with Karel Vinck – the European Commission’s European Coordinator for ERTMS, an article about Norway’s ERTMS plans from Jernbaneverket’s Project Manager Eivind Skorstad, plus an article about recent GSM-R achievements and its evolution from Dan Mandoc at the UIC…
Rail industry news / 28 May 2013 /
Jernbaneverket (JBV) have recently begun to use HaCon’s Train Planning System TPS to plan the entire railway network of Norway…
Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /
Terje Stømer, Energy Director from Jernbaneverket, comments on the importance of using actual energy consumption data from trains for billing purposes.
The path to a more competitive railway runs through efficient and reliable measuring of energy consumption. Correct measuring of actual consumption is the key to a more effective, environmentally-friendly and economical railway. Through the understanding of their actual energy consumption, train operators can improve their rolling stock, driving style and operation, and thus enhance not only their own, but in fact the entire competitiveness of the railway sector. So, the need to manage energy consumption is obvious. But in order to manage, we have to measure and handle the data coming out from meters, i.e. related to international traffic information and how to correctly invoice train operators.
Today, the energy consumption used by train operators is mostly estimated, based on weight and distance. This model provides no incentives for improving efficiency; the price is the same regardless of the actual consumption. But more importantly, the model provides no opportunity for improvement. Without measure ment, control is impossible, and efficiency becomes just a word.
Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /
Eress is an open partnership between infrastructure managers Banedanmark, Infrabel, Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket. A non-profit organisation, jointly owned by its partners, Eress is committed to the development, implementation and supply of the Erex energy settlement system – a system that gives train operators total control over their train’s actual energy consumption. For European Railway Review, Dyre Martin Gulbrandsen, Director of Eress, explains how Erex has been developed and what the advantages are, and further on in the article, Terje Stømer from Jernbaneverket comments on the importance of using actual energy consumption data from trains for billing purposes.
As the leading energy settlement system on the market, Erex offers infrastructure managers the chance to strengthen railway transport through increased competiveness. Having been developed by the users, the system also offers a unique opportunity to lead instead of follow technological development.
“Over recent years, Erex has proven its position as the leading energy settlement system on the market,” says Dyre Martin Gulbrandsen. “It gives train operators total control over the trains’ actual energy consumption.
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.
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.
Rail industry news / 30 May 2011 /
Jernbaneverket, will soon benefit from improved communications across its railway network…
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…