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Conservatives wish to fund city tram. Revised National Transport Plan suggested by Høyre, one of the opposition parties. Bent Høie, Høyre’s transport and communication political spokesman, disagrees with Centre Party’s (Sp) Liv Navarsete. Høyre wishes to use considerably more money on the Norwegian roads and railways than the minister has in the latest National Transport Plan (NTP), should they get in to power. This is in keeping with what was said at a cross-party conference that took place in Oslo on 03 March. “She’s neither willing to look at new solutions, nor at alternative methods of financing. For example, we believe it’s possible for both the public and private sectors to cooperate when it comes to transport-related construction projects”, he tells The Foreigner.

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Conservatives wish to fund city tram

Published on Tuesday, 31st March, 2009 at 22:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 31st March 2009 at 23:06.

Revised National Transport Plan suggested by Høyre, one of the opposition parties.

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Photo: Hans Magnar Lien. City tram in Mulhouse, France


Navarsete not in their good books

Bent Høie, Høyre’s transport and communication political spokesman, disagrees with Centre Party’s (Sp) Liv Navarsete. Høyre wishes to use considerably more money on the Norwegian roads and railways than the minister has in the latest National Transport Plan (NTP), should they get in to power. This is in keeping with what was said at a cross-party conference that took place in Oslo on 03 March.

“She’s neither willing to look at new solutions, nor at alternative methods of financing. For example, we believe it’s possible for both the public and private sectors to cooperate when it comes to transport-related construction projects”, he tells The Foreigner.

“So what would your party like to do that is different to what is mentioned in the NTP?”

“Granting more money will mean that we would receive more in return, thus enabling more to be divided between the roads and railways. We would like to see larger and continuous projects being built as part of a long-term plan, rather than bit by bit. We would allow the private and public sectors to cooperate on these”, says Høie.

More for the city trams

On the same day just prior to the NTP being launched, Hallgeir Langeland, an MP in the Socialist Left (SV), said that the government would double the funding in the larger towns given to public transport in the course of the next four years. He also hoped that there was money for Rogaland’s city tram. Unfortunately, the NTP sidelined the issue by saying that this was the county-councils responsibility, rather than that of the government.

Stavanger, Bergen and Oslo are the three cities that are interested in a city tram solution. What does Høie say that his party could do?

“We would put an additional three billion kroner aside in addition to what the councils are already going to receive.”

However, Høie couldn’t say how much would be granted to Stavanger alone, because the money hasn’t been divided yet.

Both Rogaland county council and Stavanger city council have joined forces on the project and established an office together. The planning process has not been completed yet.




Published on Tuesday, 31st March, 2009 at 22:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 31st March 2009 at 23:06.

This post has the following tags: national, transport, plan, oslo, city, tram, langeland.





  
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