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Interest grows for Norway-Denmark fast train. The possibility of a three-hour train journey between Oslo and Copenhagen is one step closer. A new report shows most passengers would happily stop flying if there were no delays and the price was right. “A high-speed train that gives a journey time of three hours from door-to-door will actually capture the entire airline market. Today’s trains could even account for half of it if accessibility was slightly improved,” Bård Norheim, Urbanet Research Company’s General Manager tells NRK. A typical door-to-door journey by plane between the two cities takes about four hours. It’s just over nine hours by train, but could be reduced to five.

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Interest grows for Norway-Denmark fast train

Published on Wednesday, 25th August, 2010 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The possibility of a three-hour train journey between Oslo and Copenhagen is one step closer. A new report shows most passengers would happily stop flying if there were no delays and the price was right.

High-speed train (Illus. photo)
High-speed train (Illus. photo)
Photo: Njål Svingheim/Jernbaneverket


We’re getting there

“A high-speed train that gives a journey time of three hours from door-to-door will actually capture the entire airline market. Today’s trains could even account for half of it if accessibility was slightly improved,” Bård Norheim, Urbanet Research Company’s General Manager tells NRK.

A typical door-to-door journey by plane between the two cities takes about four hours. It’s just over nine hours by train, but could be reduced to five.

The report, commissioned by COINCO North and funded by the EU, shows a three-hour journey will require faster trains and better tracks.

But not just yet

This isn’t something the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) has looked at, according to Media and Communications Advisor Lisbeth Kierulf Botnen.

“It’s too early to say. The Ministry of Transport and Communication has given us mandates for six routes, which we’ve only just started working on now. We can’t really decide to do anything about Oslo-Copenhagen until we get further mandates,” she tells The Foreigner.

Norwegian trains are amongst the slowest in Europe.

A press spokesperson at the Ministry says the matter isn’t under consideration for the moment.




Published on Wednesday, 25th August, 2010 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: oslo, copenhagen, high-speed, trains, ministry, transport, norway, denmark, coinco, north, eu, urbanet, jernbaneverket, national, rail, administration.





  
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