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Chinese eye Scandinavian high-speed train push. Fast inter-Scandinavia rail travel could be a reality following a Chinese state financing move worth over NOK 89 billion. Mooted discussions about high-speed rail within Norway have been subject to several socio-democratic delays and bureaucratic crippling. This is despite government funding efforts, being shown as possible, and a majority of consumers being in favour.

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Chinese eye Scandinavian high-speed train push

Published on Thursday, 18th April, 2013 at 16:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Fast inter-Scandinavia rail travel could be a reality following a Chinese state financing move worth over NOK 89 billion.

An ICE3 high-speed train
An ICE3 high-speed train
Photo: S. Terfloth/Wikimedia Commons


Mooted discussions about high-speed rail within Norway have been subject to several socio-democratic delays and bureaucratic crippling.

This is despite government funding efforts, being shown as possible, and a majority of consumers being in favour.

Norway’s trains have also been found to be amongst the slowest in Europe – ignoring the flabbergasted NSB rail staff – with at least one winter of discontent for rail passengers.

Two National Transport Plans, a SAS-voiced, and Norway-Denmark fast rail link enthusiasm later, the Chinese are stepping in.

State construction company the China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC) has offered to foot the entire Oslo-Sweden-Copenhagen NOK 89.3 billion (about SEK 99.9 billion/DKK 87.7 billion/EUR 11.7 billion) bill.

CMC reportedly made its offer at last week’s conference on high-speed rail held in Stockholm.

This huge construction project forms part of the tri-Scandinavian high-speed rail initiative ‘8 Million City’. The EU co-funds the overall green project, estimated to cost up to SEK 160 billion (about NOK 142.7 billion/DKK 140.2 billion/EUR 18.8 billion)

According to the COINCO (Corridor of Innovation and Cooperation) North II 14-strong public sector partnership, 8 million of Scandinavia’s 19.3 inhabitants live in the corridor between Oslo and Copenhagen.

The climate-oriented green project aims to connect Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen by 2025. With speeds of up to 360kph (almost 224mph) Oslo-Gothenburg and Gothenburg-Copenhagen travel times should be 75 minutes per stretch.

“The entire stretch could be ready in the space of five to ten years with using modern construction techniques”, Stefan Krii at Reinertsen Consulting told Nationen. The company has contributed to preparing a Swedish report on the high-speed rail project.

Denmark is currently studying high-speed trains, with Norway working on a favourable deal with Sweden, Norway ‘8 Million City’ project leader Floire Nathanael Daub confirms. Oslo municipality heads the construction project.

“Our assessments clearly show connecting the three regions together would mean a passenger volume equal to other European high-speed routes, and the railway line could get up to 9.4 million passengers annually,” declares Mr Daub.




Published on Thursday, 18th April, 2013 at 16:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: high-speedrail, norwayrailways, scandinaviarailtravel.





  
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