Railway Tender Conference 2017
On 10 May 2017, Bane NOR, Norway’s state-owned company responsible for the national railway infrastructure, presented upcoming construction projects.
Bane NOR and the Railway Reform
Bane NOR was incorporated on 01/01/2017 and has a clear responsibility for the national railway infrastructure.
The Queens start tunneling
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg has baptised the Follo Line Project’s first two tunnel boring machines Queen Eufemia and Queen Ellisiv. Meanwhile, The Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communication Ketil Solvik-Olsen has initiated the start of the first giant machine.
The beginning of a new era
Thanks to more money for maintenance, Jernbaneverket now has the opportunity to think along new lines when planning. Entire sections can now be renewed for faster and greater benefits. 2015 was the first big year of maintenance in modern times.
Green light for the Ringerike Line and the E16
The Government has asked Jernbaneverket and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to start planning the Ringerike Line and the E16 as a joint project. The project organisation was put in place last winter, And the objective is to start constructing both the railway and the road in 2019.
A new era for tunnel building in Norway
A monster of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) has started a project that is writing Norwegian railway history. This 150 metre-long machine will be measuring forces with hard Norwegian gneiss and granite inside Ulriken mountain in Bergen.
Firmly raising the standard at many stations
The standard of Norwegian stations is continuing to improve, and this is apparent from customer satisfaction. A record amount of money was allocated for station maintenance and renewal in 2015. This has paid off.
Punctuality approaching European peak
Passenger trains in Norway achieved punctuality of no less than 91.5 per cent in 2015, setting a new record. According to Bjørn Kristiansen, Jernbaneverket’s Traffic Director, the turning point came in 2010 and things have just gone on improving since then.
The Railway reform
In June 2015, the Parliament of Norway resolved to reform the railway sector. This reform involves phasing out Jernbaneverket as we know it today.
Tunnel excavators heading for Norway
Two of the four TBMs customized for the rock conditions in the Follo Line Project are now ready from factory. The second TBM for this Norwegian large scale project is now accepted by Jernbaneverket at Herrenknechts factory in Germany.