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Greens criticise Norway road construction determination. The new planned roads, including the E6 motorway between Akershus County’s Minnesund and Labbdalen in Stange municipality will add to the over 1,000 km of new ones constructed since 2005. Building of these is likely to continue, with the present government having set aside NOK 311 billion (some USD 52.64 billion/EUR 39.45 billion/GBP 33 billion at today’s ROE) in its National Transport Plan. This is for 200 road projects from now until 2024. Lars Haltbrekken from the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature told Dagsavisen, Monday, that Norway was slowly being buried in asphalt.

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Greens criticise Norway road construction determination

Published on Monday, 16th September, 2013 at 21:23 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

The new planned roads, including the E6 motorway between Akershus County’s Minnesund and Labbdalen in Stange municipality will add to the over 1,000 km of new ones constructed since 2005.

On the road
On the road
Photo: MGSpiller/Flickr


Building of these is likely to continue, with the present government having set aside NOK 311 billion (some USD 52.64 billion/EUR 39.45 billion/GBP 33 billion at today’s ROE) in its National Transport Plan. This is for 200 road projects from now until 2024.

Lars Haltbrekken from the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature told Dagsavisen, Monday, that Norway was slowly being buried in asphalt.

“Is enough enough only when all of Norway is asphalted?” he asked.

260,000 square metres of farmland were converted into roads last year, according to Norway’s Public Roads Administration (NPRA/Vegvesenet). This adds to the some 141,870 km of public, private, and forest roads.

“A considerable amount of agricultural land, important natural areas, and what could be important green spaces in cities disappears due to road construction,” explained Mr Haltbrekken.

In a country that leads Europe in car usage, he believes that more should be spent on improving the public transport systems.

Norway’s rail network lags behind most European countries, distance and area-wise. According to the article in Dagsavisen, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Sweden have 120, 117, and 25km of rail per 1,000 square kilometres, respectively. The figure is 11km in Norway.

“Trains, trams, and buses require less space to transport the same amount of passengers as passenger cars do,” concluded Mr Haltbrekken.




Published on Monday, 16th September, 2013 at 21:23 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwaytransport, norwayroads.





  
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