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Norway - Articles and news items

Norway’s Flytoget Airport Express Trains to receive high-speed passenger Wi-Fi

Rail industry news / 9 September 2016 /

Passengers on-board Flytoget Airport Express Trains will soon be able to make use of high-speed passenger Wi-Fi on services to and from Oslo Airport, Gardermoen.

Norwegian government plans for railway reform

Rail industry news / 15 May 2015 /

The Norwegian Ministry for Transport & Communications has outlined plans for railway reform in the in the transport system.

Station Construction: From the fjord and into the mountain

Issue 5 2014 / 18 September 2014 /

Norway is famous for its fjords and mountains – beautiful to look at, but a challenge for road and railway construction. So when construction of a new double-track railway line was decided from Holm to Nykirke, past the town of Holmestrand in southern Norway, both the track and the station had to be moved into the mountain, otherwise it will not be possible to accommodate the design speed of 250km/h along the twisting coastline. Stine Ilebrekke Undrum – Project Manager at the Norwegian National Rail Administration – provides construction details of this challenging project which is scheduled to open in autumn 2016.

Norway: The new Ulriken Tunnel – drill and blast or TBM?

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.

Safeguarding the Norwegian railway network

Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /

The Norwegian Railway Authority was established in 1996 with the task to safeguard public interest with respect to safety and to enforce the railway law and regulations. In Norway, responsibility for safety lies with the 37 individual railway companies. The jurisdiction of the Norwegian Railway Authority embraces all railway operations in Norway – heavy rail, light-rail, metro and tram – for infrastructure as well as rolling stock. In general terms, it covers operations and equipment related to passenger and freight transport running on tracks as well as the companies authorised for those purposes.

InterCity: transforming Eastern Norway

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…

NSB gets connected with on-board Wi-Fi

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

With most trains expected to be equipped with wireless internet over the next few years, as passengers demand increasing levels of service, what are the implications and benefits to rail operators of implementing the technology? In an interview for European Railway Review, Peter Hausken, IT Manager at the Traffic Department for NSB, shares his views five years after embarking on one of the first Wi-Fi projects in Europe.

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.

The railway accident investigation process in Norway

Issue 3 2012 / 8 June 2012 /

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) is a Norwegian Government agency under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, responsible for investigating accidents and incidents in the transport sector. The history of the Board dates back to 1989.

Earlier ad hoc investigation commissions only investigated fatal aviation accidents. At that time a representative from the police was a permanent member of the commission, together with experts from relevant stake – holders. In the marine sector, accidents were handled by the Institute of Maritime Enquiry and a Permanent Investigation Board for Special Accidents in the Fishing Fleet. In the railway sector, accidents and incidents were mainly investigated by the police and the state railway company NSB. NSB was responsible for the infrastructure, the rolling stock and operations.

Several serious train accidents have occurred on the Norwegian railway network. On 15 November 1950, the Hjuksebø train disaster caused 14 fatalities. This was the worst railway accident in peacetime until the Tretten train disaster on 22 February 1975.

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.

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.

A dedicated forum for the Scandinavian region

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

High-speed railways, major infrastructure projects, development and investment plans and market liberalisation were just some of the important topics highlighted and assessed during European Railway Review’s recent conference – Scandinavian Rail Development 2010.

Held in the stunning city of Stockholm, Sweden, at the Operakällaren, European Railway Review welcomed over 120 delegates and speakers to share and discuss knowledge of the Scandinavian railway marketplace – a region with many plans for investment and development to build and improve on its current rail infrastructure.


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