Norway’s Green Party demands 174 billion kroner more for railways

Arild HermstadPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The Green Party (MDG) wants to spend half of the funds in the National Transport Plan on trains. That means that the sum from the government’s proposal must be increased by NOK 174 billion.

The MDG’s proposal is to increase the railway pot to NOK 567 billion, compared with NOK 393 billion in the government’s proposal.

The increased allocations will, among other things, ensure the construction of the Northern Norway Line and significantly reduce travel time from Oslo to cities such as Bergen, Trondheim, and Stavanger. 

In addition, The MDG wants to have high-speed trains to Stockholm and Gothenburg, a larger investment in Intercity, and a new Oslo tunnel.

Cutting public transport prices

The MDG is also in favor of doubling the subsidy for urban growth agreements and cutting public transport prices by 20%. Furthermore, the party wants major investment in electric bicycles.

At the same time, the MDG wants sharp cuts on roads. It has singled out 36 road projects that should be either shelved or scaled down.

“What the government delivered was an outdated highway plan,” acting party leader Arild Hermstad said when the plan was presented.

The government’s proposal for the National Transport Plan 2022–2033 has a total budget of NOK 1,200 billion. MDG wants to limit the financial framework to NOK 1.158 billion.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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