March 15, 2018

Tendering begins for train services in northern Norway

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The concession will include passenger services on the 729km Nordland Line, which are currently operated by NSB. The concession will include passenger services on the 729km Nordland Line, which are currently operated by NSB. David Gubler

NORWAY’s Railway Directorate has issued tender documents to prequalified bidders for a concession to operate passenger services over a large area of central and northern Norway.

Traffic Package 2 encompasses the electrified Oslo - Trondheim main line and the following non-electrified routes:

• Røros Line (Trondheim - Hamar)
• Meråker Line (Trondheim - Storlien)
• Rauma Line (Åndalsnes - Dombås), and
• Nordland Line (Trondheim - Bodø).

The contract will also include the operation of regional services in Trøndelag county.

The Railway Directorate says it expects services to be maintained at current levels as a minimum on all routes. However, the winning bidder will be expected to develop the Trønderbanen regional train offer and “establish an efficient, customer and market-orientated organisation that drives traffic.”

The chosen operator will also be required to test alternatives to diesel traction on at least one of the non-electrified routes.

The deadline for submission of bids is August 17 and the contract begins in December 2019.

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