With a cost of 90 billion kroner, the government wishes to take more traffic off the roads and on to the railways.
The capital is on track
Building better rail connections to the tune of 11,600 million kroner in the Oslo-area is, according to the government, the largest project in the NTP. So what does it buy? A double set of tracks between Oslo and Ski, and 30,000 passengers daily on the Follo railway will have their journey-time cut in half.
What is happening in Rogaland
Not everyone lives in or around Oslo, but it seems a small sum in relation to 90 billion kroner, of which half will go to running-costs and maintenance, and half to investment. Minus the other areas of the country, how will this region benefit from what is left?
Between Stavanger and Oslo, the journey-time by train is between eight and nine hours. This cannot compete with flying, and just about beats driving. The NTP plans to double the goods-capacity between these cities with trains up to 600 metres in length.
The building of a double set of tracks to increase passenger-capacity between Stavanger and Sandnes, and the moving of the goods-terminal to Ganddal is a start. Further improvements under the NTP include the upgrading of the electricity supply-system, in order to decrease journey-times. This will obviously benefit the passenger-traffic too.
What might not happen in Rogaland
There has also been talk of building a high-speed rail-link between Oslo and Stavanger, but no funding is mentioned in the present NTP. The Stavanger-area’s city-tram receives a small mention, but the conclusion is that it is the responsibility of the county-council, rather than the government.
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