A proposed Norwegian-Swedish high-speed train will reduce travel times between Oslo and Gothenburg. But there is a long process ahead and many criticisms of the plan.
Several Swedish local governments have formed a consortium to raise funds for a high-speed rail project to Norway.
trip Norwegian railway It’s usually a slow and enjoyable experience. Due to the country’s mountainous terrain, high-speed rail is difficult. But from Oslo to Sweden is a different story.
According to the group, the proposed Skagerak Banan line will improve travel connectivity and boost the local economy. But along with the feasibility of the project, some critics are eyeing construction schedules and costs.
Only 1 hour potential travel time
travel between Scandinavian city It takes time to tour Oslo and Gothenburg today. It takes at least 3 hours to drive 291km, and longer if you stop at the border.
Travel time by train is approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes. The people behind the Skagerrakbanan project claim that the 256 km double-track electrified railway will cut travel time between the two cities to just an hour.
The project will see direct flights at speeds of up to 400 km/h, as well as stops in Sweden’s Kungalf, Stenungsund, Uddevalla, Munkedal, Lysekir, Tanum and Stremstad.
stop on Norwegian side Swedish border Includes Halden, Sarpsborg/Fredrikstad, Rakkestad, Askim and Ski.
According to project officials, the journey, including stops, takes less than two hours.
Economic boost on both sides of the border
The project boss claims a one-way ticket costs up to SEK 700. At today’s exchange rate, it’s about NOK 675.
They say that if such a project were implemented, it would be “entirely feasible” to live in one city and work in another, or work anywhere along the route.
“The Östfold/Bohus border region will become an expanding economic growth area with extensive commuting and cultural exchanges between the countries,” he said. project website.
“A community that straddles two national borders will unlock untapped potential for education, jobs, tourism and culture,” he added.
Of course, planning is one thing. Turning them into reality is another thing altogether. Rail travel is undoubtedly on the rise across Europe these days, but the project has many complications, especially its cross-border nature.
Nevertheless, project bosses claim the project could come to fruition as early as 2028.
High-speed rail is not cheap. The cost is estimated at SEK 200 billion. This equates to approximately 192 billion Norwegian kroner at today’s exchange rate. However, the project team stresses that the aim is not to involve taxpayer money.
Six municipalities in Bohus county, Sweden, have formed a consortium aimed at financing a high-speed rail link. Skagerrakbanan wants to create a viable commercial enterprise that develops, finances, builds and operates railway lines.
Government approval is never guaranteed. Environmental impact assessment is one of the most important steps. However, by not relying on taxpayer money, the team hopes the approval process will be quicker.
“I think it’s a crazy idea,” said Lars Gunnar Pettersen. Sveriges RadioHe lives in Sweden near the border with Norway. He is part of a group of people who oppose the line.
“Nowhere in Sweden is dense enough to build high-speed rail, especially not on the west coast between Gothenburg and Oslo,” he said.
Other high-speed rail projects in Sweden also have many critics. Issues highlighted include building on farmland, climate impacts associated with long construction periods, and project costs.
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