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Prime minister gets on the rails. More money to get people going. Labour’s (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has plans for the railways. Yesterday’s speech to the National Committee contained his wish to build, and improve transport Norway.Incomplete “The country isn’t completed. There’s still much that doesn’t function properly,” he said.

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Prime minister gets on the rails

Published on Friday, 23rd April, 2010 at 10:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

More money to get people going.

Jens Stoltenberg speaking yesterday
Jens Stoltenberg speaking yesterday
Photo: Arbeiderpartiet/Flickr


Labour’s (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has plans for the railways. Yesterday’s speech to the National Committee contained his wish to build, and improve transport Norway.

Incomplete

“The country isn’t completed. There’s still much that doesn’t function properly,” he said.

NSB’s had an appalling winter in Østlandet, with delays, stoppages, and cancellations. Frustrated passengers have been left waiting on the platforms without information, and thousands of commuters have been late for work.

But the worst incident was the recent accident at Sjursøya. 16 runaway goods wagons travelled at breakneck speeds and ended up in the fjord, killing three people.

Increased capacity

Stoltenberg went on to say he finds the rail network’s state of neglect unacceptable, promising more money over and above what has been laid out in the National Transport Plan.

He wants to build a better railway system to get people and businesses where they want and need to be. This was particularly good news for Østlandet’s inhabitants.

“The maintenance lag will be dealt with, and the railways’ standard will be the same as the airport express train. Between 2011 and 2013, NSB will have phased in 50 new trains, increasing capacity by more than 9,000 seats,” he said.

Although he predicts things will look radically different in the future, he can’t promise all of the railways’ problems will be solved, however.

Deadline

In the meantime he pledged better communication with passengers, a new set of double tracks extended as far as Ski, and further development of Norway’s intercity routes.

“The railway network is in a state of disrepair. They’ve fired highly-qualified staff, and given redundancy packages to people they need now,” he told Dagbladet.

He ended by mentioning the need for a completion deadline, though he didn’t commit himself to one.

“We shall put the trains back on track again.”




Published on Friday, 23rd April, 2010 at 10:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: jens, stoltenberg, labour, ap, party, national, committee, railways, speech, money.





  
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