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The Oslo subway will be upgraded for more than 5 billion

Oslo subway.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

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A new signal system will be installed on the subway network in Oslo. The city council on Wednesday decided to start the project, which will cost more than NOK 5.4 billion.

The signal system corresponds to that used on the subways in, among others, New York, Paris, Madrid and Copenhagen, according to Sporveien.

The new system will facilitate more precise departures than with the current system. The system will make it possible to have shorter distances between the subway trains. In this way, several trains can be in operation at the same time, without having to stand still in anticipation of a green light. With today’s system, this is a challenge, especially in the tunnels at Majorstuen and Tøyen – where many trains drive on one common route.

A new signal system has been talked about ever since I was a transport councilor in Oslo in the early 90s. Now we have finally got it in place. This is the “brain” of the subway, which so many depend on in everyday life. I am glad we have agreed with the city council to ensure that this brain will function for many years to come, says City Councilor Raymond Johansen (Ap).

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2027.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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