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On the buses. The government’s new national transport plan is to be unveiled today. More people will be able to leave their cars at home. Last week, The Foreigner had an article about how poor the road-standard is in Norway. There were many different opinions at the cross-party conference that took place in Oslo, but most agreed that something had to be done. The Transport Minister herself agreed. Hallgeir Langeland, an MP in the Socialist Left party (SV) argued for more of an environmentally-friendly solution when it came to road-traffic; something which is a key issue for his party. This is what he said at the time to Aftenposten:“There has never been as much put in to roads as there is now…something which increases pollution…We must talk about trains, buses, and trams, and move heavy transport off the roads on to trains.”

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Published on Thursday, 12th March, 2009 at 22:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th June 2009 at 23:52.

The government’s new national transport plan is to be unveiled today. More people will be able to leave their cars at home.

A Kolumbus bus
A Kolumbus bus
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Summary

Last week, The Foreigner had an article about how poor the road-standard is in Norway. There were many different opinions at the cross-party conference that took place in Oslo, but most agreed that something had to be done. The Transport Minister herself agreed.

Hallgeir Langeland, an MP in the Socialist Left party (SV) argued for more of an environmentally-friendly solution when it came to road-traffic; something which is a key issue for his party. This is what he said at the time to Aftenposten:

“There has never been as much put in to roads as there is now…something which increases pollution…We must talk about trains, buses, and trams, and move heavy transport off the roads on to trains.”

Yesterday, he chose to let the cat partially out of the bag as to what is going to be both said and done about this region.

More off the road

According to aftenbladet.no, Langeland says that the government will double the funding in the larger towns given to public transport in the course of the next four years. This is conditional upon the actual towns taking effective measures to limit the use of cars. The government wishes to reduce harmful emissions.

“I’m sure that this will give north-Jæren a completely different public transport solution than the present one does; the solution will give its inhabitants the possibility of choosing to travel in a more environmentally-friendly way”, he told Aftenbladet.

And according to Rogaland’s Avis, Langeland says this will also give a cleaner city-environment.

Further improvements

As well as both higher frequency and more reliability when travelling by bus, Langeland hopes that the funding will have an added benefit.

“The money can also go to supporting the city tram”, he told Rogaland’s Avis.

Various plans regarding this have been discussed over the years since 2001, when the idea was first raised. The Rogaland District Council would also like to see improvements to transport between Stavanger and Sandnes, as the roads are not built to cope with the rising volume of traffic. In conjunction with the EEC’s project, called HiTrans, they hope to be able to put it in to effect. They envisage that in addition to using existing train-tracks, it will also be able to travel along specially-built new ones along the Rv44. This is so that the Forus/Lura and Hillevåg/Mariero destinations can be served. There will also be an extension built out to the airport and, when there is enough further funding available, they would “add on” Risavika and Tananger.

According to Stavanger Aftenblad, it will be ready at the earliest in 2014.




Published on Thursday, 12th March, 2009 at 22:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th June 2009 at 23:52.

This post has the following tags: bus, tram, stavanger, jaeren, langeland, environment, transport, plan.





  
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