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Feasibility study for Norwegian light rail

Photo: Kjell Steenmarch

​Light rails are being considered in several Norwegian cities.

COWI Norway recently won the contract to perform a feasibility study for a proposed light rail track between the Norwegian towns of Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg.
​The distance between Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg is about 23 kilometres, and in the coming six months, COWI will conduct a study to determine whether the Glomma Link, a light rail track, should be established in the region.
The feasibility study should provide the answer to basic questions such as market basis and the opportunities for urban development – factors that will affect the solution, cost, economic impact and alternatives. 

COWI’s task is to assess the light rail paths in the lower Glomma region. It is a large interdisciplinary project that is to consider the possibility of combining light rail/tram with the existing railway.


A growing market

Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg are not the only cities in Norway contemplating to construct light rails. COWI has already been involved in establishing a light rail in Bergen, and all over Norway, the concept of light rail is being discussed.

“Several cities in Norway are thinking about constructing light rails. Trondheim, Stavanger and the outer areas of Oslo light rails are considering adopting the public transportation system. Should the study in Glomma result in a major light rail project, it could be the start of several similar projects for COWI Norway,” says Project Manager Thomas Heiberg-Iürgensen. 

The feasibility study will be completed in April 2014. It is estimated that the construction of the light rail will amount to NOK 4 billion.

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016