The Norwegian Government published some weeks ago the National Transport Plan 2014-2023. The main goal by creating such a plan is to provide an effective, accessible, safe and environmentally friendly transport system that meets society’s need for transport and promotes regional development.
Link to the full English version of the plan here.
Population growth, combined with economic growth and increasing incomes, will result in a strong increase in the demand for transport. This rises a number of challenges. The capacity of the transport system must be expanded. Although population growth in the largest urban regions represents a challenge, it also provides opportunities to develop denser urban centers and a transport system in which public transport, walking and cycling absorb the growth in local travel. This will help reduce the emissions of climate gases from transport
Computer image of the proposed Stad ship tunnel.
The investment is huge, especially on roads and railways. The main projects are “Ferrry-free E39”- linking Western Norway through an upgraded and ferry-free E39, “Stad ship tunnel”- the world´s first ship tunnel with the aim of reducing the risk of accidents and improve navigation along the coast, “Intercity”- an enormous railway project south-east in Norway, and the “Follo-line”- a high speed railway line between Oslo and Ski.
Floating bridge: One of the possible solutions for a ferry-free E39.
The Government plans for an increase of about EUR 20.9 billion during the ten-year period from what would be a continuation of the 2013 budget level. This constitutes a total amount of EUR 63,5 billion, with an increase of 50% on railways and roads!
So what does this means for engineers with experience in the infrastructure sector and knowledge of Norwegian? We think there can be some opportunities in the many projects that will be launched within the next months!