New report on double-track train line between Oslo – Gothenburg

25/01/2022

To develop the STRING-corridor into a competitive and attractive megaregion, it is time to prioritize a double-track train line between Oslo and Gothenburg to open up the bottle-neck to sustainable, emission free integration with Europe.

Today the 350 km stretch in between the capital of Norway and Gothenburg has an insufficient railway. An area with a huge potential connecting Europe via the Oresund Bridge and the Fermanbelt tunnel.

Currently the travel time by rail on the 350 km long Oslo–Gothenburg line is almost 7 hours2. To take advantage of opportunities unleashed by Fehmarn, and to be a compatible and integrated part of the European rail network, the speed and capacity of the Oslo–Gothenburg rail line must improve.

This report details the economic, environmental and logistic upside to the project – read it here.

With the aim of decreasing the total travel time Oslo–Hamburg to 9 hours, which is 4 hours and 40 minutes faster than today, STRING advocates to prioritize this infrastructure project. The doubletrack will help realize The European Green Deal’s call for shifting freight from roads to rail. It will also create economic and environmental benefits on a national, regional and local level in the STRING corridor megaregion.

 

About STRING:

STRING is a geographical area and a political member organisation in Northern Europe. We connect cities and regions to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and implement integrated policies to deliver on United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities. Representing some of the world’s most innovative cities and regions, STRING has a unique opportunity to lead the way towards a sustainable future.

Our common vision, as outlined in the 2030 Strategy, is to create a megaregion because there is strength in numbers. Simply put, we are stronger together. To achieve this, we strive to be a globally acknowledged Green Hub and a leading implementer of sustainable infrastructure to combat climate change while improving the lives of our citizens.

 

Contact:

For any questions regarding the press release, or requests for interviews or visual material, please contact Communications Manager, Viktor E.G. Zeuthen, via phone: +45 93569364 or e-mail: vze@stringnetwork.org

 

Read the full report here: The final link in northern Europe’s megaregion