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Five foreign companies eye Norway rail operation. The train departing from platform x could be run by firms that are not Norwegian, reports say. Parliamentary white paper ‘On the Right Track’ concerns reforming the railway sector. Aims of the government initiative include infrastructure improvements, better coordination of services (including between rail and other modes of public transport), and making the industry more customer-focused. Two competitive tenders have been published, with this spring seeing the first one out. This regards rail routes which serve the southern coast of Norway.

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Five foreign companies eye Norway rail operation

Published on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 at 12:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The train departing from platform x could be run by firms that are not Norwegian, reports say.

Railway signal, Asker station, Norway
Railway signal, Asker station, Norway
Photo: M.M-Brady


Parliamentary white paper ‘On the Right Track’ concerns reforming the railway sector. Aims of the government initiative include infrastructure improvements, better coordination of services (including between rail and other modes of public transport), and making the industry more customer-focused.

Two competitive tenders have been published, with this spring seeing the first one out. This regards rail routes which serve the southern coast of Norway.

These are the Oslo-Kristiansand-Stavanger regional service called Sørlandsbanen, and two local ones called Arendalsbanen, which runs between Aust-Agder County’s Arendal and Nelaug (a service that corresponds with Sørlandsbanen), and the Stavanger-Egersund Jærbanen in Rogaland County.

Tender two applies to Northern Norway, meaning Trondheim-Bodø, Bodø – Rognan, Lundamo/Melhus - Stjørdal/Steinkjer, Dombås - Åndalsnes, Hamar - Røros, Røros - Trondheim, Trondheim – Storlien, and Oslo – Trondheim.

** Norwegian trains amongst the slowest in Europe **

The Ministry of Transport and Communications says that they intend “to sign an agreement on the first tender by August 2017 and an agreement on the second tender in December 2017.” Both of these tenders mean that new operators will be running routes by December 2018.

Klassekampen understands that there are currently eight companies that have prequalified to be part of the competitive tender. Three are Norwegian-owned.

These are:

Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen tells the publication that “Norwegian shall be the working language on board Norwegian trains, irrespective of which company wins the contract.”

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Published on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 at 12:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: trains, railway, transport, travel, business, leisure, paywall.





  
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