Norway - Articles and news items
Industry news • 26 August 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Polish bus manufacturer Solaris is to supply 99 new buses to the Norwegian capital with delivery expected at the beginning of next year.
Issue 3 2015 • 30 June 2015 • Oddmund Sylta, Managing Director, Skyss
Oddmund Sylta, Managing Director of Skyss, explains how investment in Bergen Light Rail has caused significant growth in public transport…
Issue 3 2015 • 30 June 2015 • Audun M. Solheim, Head of Strategy and Development, Kolumbus
Transporting approximately 65,000 bus passengers every day, Audun M. Solheim, Head of Strategy and Development at Kolumbus, gives an overview of Rogalund’s bus structure…
Industry news • 13 April 2015 • Lizzie Fuller
IoT platform company FourC AS has been awarded a grant from the Research Council of Norway to research and develop new technology solutions for public transport…
Issue 4 2013 • 22 August 2013 • Erik Kolbjørnsen, Head of Electronic Tickets, Ruter As
The Norwegian capital region has in recent years become Europe’s most rapidly growing metropolitan area. A 2% annual population growth is outbalanced by a 5% growth in public transport journeys. Figures from 2012 indicate a 29% increase on 2007, whereas private car use in Oslo itself remains stable at 2005 levels.
Ruter is the public transport authority for the city of Oslo and the surrounding county of Akershus. Almost a quarter of the Norwegian population lives in the area served by Ruter. Approximately 300 million public transport journeys a year represent almost 60% of all public transport journeys made in Norway.
Substantial traffic growth and increasing market shares
Ruter was established in 2008 as the result of a merger between the previously separate public transport authorities belonging to the two counties making up the Oslo region. Since then there has been a substantial increase in passenger numbers.
There is a broad political agreement on the ambition that public transport should capture the greater part of the overall growth in motorised transport.
Issue 3 2013 • 3 July 2013 • Thomas J. Potter, previous Chief Engineer of Bybanen AS, now Senior Transport Engineer at Norconsult AS
Like many other cities in the world, the City of Bergen closed its tram system in the 1960s which originally opened in 1897. In 2000, Bergen decided to build a new light-rail system. After 20 years of heated discussion, a determined search for resources, visits to many other successful light-rail and tram projects, planning and finally construction, the first phase of the project – a 9.8km-long section with 15 stops – opened in June 2010.
Issue 3 2012 • 25 June 2012 • Thomas J. Potter, Senior Transportation Engineer, Norconsult AS
Bergen is Norway’s second largest city with a regional population of 350,000. In March 2000, and after more than 10 years of heated political and public discussion, a decision was made to build the city a new light-rail system. In 2006, the Norwegian Parliament approved the innovative financing package based largely on revenues from the toll ring around the city and the alternative use of highway funds.
The first 10km section of the system was opened in June 2010, and with passenger ridership figures 50% above expectations, it has proved to be a great success. A 4km extension to Lagunen is now under construction and will open in 2013. In order to cope with higher than expected ridership numbers, an additional eight 32m-long Variobahn vehicles from Stadler Pankow GmbH have been ordered. These additional vehicles will allow an intense service to be operated with four minute headways during the busiest periods of the day, for approximately seven hours.
A further 7km extension to Bergen Airport at Flesland, along with a major workshop/depot near the airport, are now in a design phase and both are scheduled to open in 2016 in close coordination with a major expansion of the airport terminal.
Issue 3 2011 • 22 June 2011 • Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, Minister of Transport and Communications, Norway
I am quite sure that the challenge we are facing in Norway is familiar to the majority assembled here: our population is increasing, especially in the towns and cities. There is less room for each and every one of us. Traffic, both private and public, is increasing. We simply cannot construct our way out of the traffic jams we are experiencing and the environmental impact that vehicles have. This is why public transport must be a decisive element in our solutions for the future.
Thousands of people use public transport every day. For many, the bus, train, tram or city or suburban light railway is the sole means of transport to and from work, school or leisure time activities. The number of passengers carried by public transport in Norway increased by 9.6% from 2005 to 2009. This is approximately the same growth as we have seen in private car usage.
Building on the success of earlier infrastructure projects in Norway, Invensys Rail has completed a number of commissionings on the Oslo Metro system…
Industry news • 23 December 2010 • Siemens
Siemens’ Mobility Division has received a new order from Oslo Vognselskap AS, to supply 32 three-car metro trains worth a total of about €180 million euros…