Published 21 Mar, 2019
Focus on climate and railways! - Final report of the Scandinavian Borderland Pilot Case
The Central Scandinavian Borderland is one out of five pilot cases within the TENTacle project. The report can be downloaded here.
The proposed strategy will be presented to the Värmland-Østfold Border Council, in May 2019. It focuses on the region between the Oslofjord and the Vänern lake in the east, Hedmark county in the north and Bohuslän/Gothenburg in the south. The region falls within the Nordic Triangle, between the capital cities.
The report describes the opportunities for establishing more efficient and climate friendly transportation across the borders. Today most of the transport goes on roads and by air traffic. The report is exploring how millions of air flights can be shifted to high speed railways.
TENTacle project organized its´ final conference in Brussels 6th March together with other projects. Present at this conference were EU parliamentarians, national and regional decision makers, experts, project workers and others. Read more about the conference here.
EU representatives and others focused on the climate change and the job we all have to do in order to combat the global warming and CO2 emissions from the transport sector. EU will take a leading role in this work, according to President Juncker. At the same time there is a strong engagement from young people in Europe demanding more proactive actions, initiated by a Swedish teenager.
This report is an answer to some of the challenges and is showing how millions of flights can be shifted to rails by the establishment of high-speed railways. The good news is, that an efficient high-speed network will take a huge part of the transport market and because of that, it will not need state funding. On the contrary, with state funding to lean on, it will certainly be established in a more suboptimal way, with many political considerations and delays. That will be a great loss for the environment and for the tax payers.
This report is also focusing on conventional railways and the need of upgrading and some new missing links. Some of the elements in the proposed strategy are the following:
- The whole Stockholm-Oslo corridor should be included in the Scan-Med corridor
- More integrated road connections around Oslo and across the border, such as the Ring 4. Finalize the planned project at E18 through the Follo region and improve the capacity at E18 through Värmland.
- Upgrade the Kongsvinger railway, and establish a fast connection to Gardermoen and Hovedbanen, and and upgrade the Värmland railway Charlottenberg-Karlstad.
- Finalize the Intercity network construction Oslo-Halden and extend it to Sweden, including a new tunnel Halden-Kornsjö.
- The proposed double track to Mysen shall be implemented as soon as possible and considered to be extended to Ørje/Töcksfors and to Arvika
- Consider climate taxes on the E6 and E18 border crossings, dedicated to new railway links across the border.
- Establish a high-speed railway between Oslo-Stockholm and Oslo-Gothenburg, primarily by private investments.
- Establish an Oslofjord railway connection which will enhance the regional coherence and labour market integration.
- Develop the “1hour region” around Oslo, which include Gothenburg, Karlstad and other towns in Värmland with and towns like Askim, Fredrikstad, Skien, Larvik, Hamar, Maps:
The first picture below shows the connection between the new Oslofjord railway bridge and the border crossing railways. The HSR lines are green.
In the second picture the HSR lines are red and it shows how the high speed trains from Gothenburg and Stockholm will meet in Ørje, 80 km south east of Oslo, and will use the same railway to Oslo-Drammen-Bergen.
The third picture is an illustration about how the high-speed railways can cover a big part of the Nordic region and connect cities and regions which today are mostly connected by air traffic, lorries, busses and private cars.
The last picture shows how the comprehensive high-speed network can reach all parts of the Nordic region, linked to the TEN-T core network and beyond.
For more information please contact:
Alf S. Johansen
Värmland-Østfold Border Council
Phone: +47 913 37013