The Wellington Regional Rail Programme (WRRP) is a major upgrade to the Wellington commuter rail network being carried out by KiwiRail Network (previously trading as ONTRACK), that when completed will provide for new electric passenger trains operating with increased comfort and greater reliability. The new trains are being procured by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and are due to enter service from late 2010. The programme of works includes redevelopment of the electric multiple unit (EMU) depot, upgrade of the traction distribution system throughout the greater Wellington area, extension of electrification and provision of a two-track railway to Waikanae as well as the works to the Wellington Station approach and the Johnsonville Line.
The prime objective of the NZ$40 million Wellington Station Entry project (Project 602) is to provide an additional third main line track within the approach to Wellington Station. This also includes the complete rebuild of the overhead line system to balance weight tension and new signalling. The existing layout had the nine platform tracks converging into single Up and Down lines through a two track “throat” that ran beyond the Aotea Quay overline bridge (OLB) until an area of switches and crossings (S&C) called Distant Junction, which is adjacent to the Interislander Passenger Terminal. Distant Junction provides for the at-grade divergence of the two tracks that continue towards the Kapiti Coast along the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) line and the two tracks that continue towards the Hutt Valley along the Wairarapa lines. Distant Junction also provides for access and egress of freight trains from the Wellington freight stabling yards to the NIMT and Wairarapa lines.
Townsville Airport has a plan to redevelop its facility over the next 10 years. With the support of the community we aim to kickstart the project with a master plan of works for the domestic and international terminal during 2015-2017.
The time is right for a redevelopment of this scale. Our city is looking for businesses to invest now to boost jobs and stimulate the local economy. On the back of the recent Prime Ministerial confirmation of Townsville Airport’s international flight status, this redevelopment is just what our city needs.
While the existing terminal building is a great asset to our community, it is ageing and requires sufficient layout and functional improvements to address emerging capacity constraints and accommodate projected passenger growth.
This upgrade specifically will improve core infrastructure, increase food and beverage offerings and redevelop key areas that airport users believe need upgrading. We are taking on board suggestions from travelers and visitors collected through our regular satisfaction surveys and aim to deliver a major upgrade that our airport needs and the community deserves.
We understand that first impressions count and Townsville Airport plays an important role for our region as the key gateway to North Queensland. A redevelopment is an important opportunity to revitalise this gateway and we expect it will lift the profile of our city’s brand to both domestic and international travellers.
This upgrade will complete phase one of the infrastructure upgrades that will be progressed over the next 10 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the airport need a major upgrade?
- The existing terminal building is an ageing asset that needs significant layout and functional improvements to accommodate projected passenger growth and address emerging capacity constraints.
- Ensuring the airport’s sustainability is critical for the local economy and growth of the Townsville North Queensland region. It will contribute more than 116 full time jobs and inject $71M into our economy at a time when we need it most.
- Townsville Airport is taking a long term view for the region and wants to ensure any redevelopment undertaken now will accommodate future demand.
- There have been no significant improvements to the core airport infrastructure since 2003, leaving us behind our regional competitors like Cairns.
What specifically will the upgrade involve?
The proposed development will comprise the following key features:
- Reconfiguration of the existing international departure lounge to function as a swing international/domestic lounge for arrivals/departures area.
- Rationalisation of existing, underutilised office space to increase the overall capacity of the seating areas in the arrivals/departures area.
- Upgrade and expansion of the security screening area to reduce congestion.
- Rationalisation of the existing check-in area to accommodate additional check-in kiosks.
- The addition of new shop front spaces, which are expected to be occupied by food outlet and other retail.
- Extension of the upper concourse to provide two new club lounge facilities and help meet the growing needs of business travelers.
- Extension of the ground floor to relocate Virgin and Qantas engineering offices.
What is the new charge?
- It is proposed the passenger charge will increase by $2.50-$3.00 per person per domestic flight – once the first phase of major works is complete.
When will the new charge be implemented?
- The airport will front the cost of the first phase of the redevelopment and the charge will only be implemented to domestic flights once the first phase of works has been completed in 2017. The charge won’t apply to international services for five years.
Why should the public be expected to fund a private company’s upgrades?
- Larger airports can offset costs through commercial and other revenue not related to aeronautical fees. Townsville Airport does not have the ability to do that.
- It is a standard process for any business to increase charges as services cost more to operate.
- It is about the sustainability of operations, in terms of keeping pace with infrastructural requirements to operate efficiently and setting fair and reasonable charges for airlines to use those services.
- The reality for all regional airports is a defined catchment which limits potential for growth. This sort of major infrastructure upgrade can only occur with an appropriate charging regime.
What retail is being proposed to go in?
- There will be new retails spaces created by the upgrade which are expected to be occupied by food outlets and gift stores. It is too early to determine who those tenants will be.
Will an increase in passenger fees lead to a decline in passengers for the airport?
- A similar increase in passenger fees in 2003 was followed by an upturn in passenger numbers. Overall, passenger numbers have increased at Townsville Airport since 2003.
How will the redevelopment affect me if I use the airport?
- There will be minimal disruption to services during the redevelopment.
- Townsville Airport will provide regular updates to users and the community regarding the staged works and any impacts of service delivery.
Townsville Airport Pty Ltd are seeking feedback on the proposal for the redevelopment of the Townsville Airport Terminal. The Townsville Terminal Redevelopment is subject to the approval of a Major Development Plan under the Airports Act 1996 and a draft plan is currently out for public consultation.
The 60 business day public comment period for the Townsville Airport Redevelopment concludes 5:00pm 5 August 2015 and we welcome all feedback during this period. Comments must be received in writing by either of the following ways:
- Using the online submission form – click here to be directed to the submission form; or
- Writing to the Chief Operating Officer, Townsville Airport, PO Box 7636, Garbutt QLD 4814.
Please note that any submissions received after the closure of the public comment period cannot be taken into consideration.
The Major Development Plan will also be on display for viewing at the following locations:
- Townsville Airport Management Centre (on display for viewing or purchase)
- Townsville Airport Terminal
- Townsville City Council, Walker Street Customer Service Centre
- Townsville City Council, Thuringowa Customer Service Centre
- Townsville City Library
- Thuringowa Central Library
- Aitkenvale Library
- Mundingburra Electorate Office
- Townsville Electorate Office
- Thuringowa Electorate Office
- Herbert Electorate Office
Melbourne Airport achieved 4 per cent international growth in April compared to the same period last year, to reach 678,526 international passengers.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said international growth remained solid.
“Our international passenger figures for April were impacted by the timing of Easter which, last year, was later in April and combined with the Anzac Day public holiday, we saw many people take advantage of the extended break,” said Mr Woodruff.
“However, direct flights and major sporting events including the ICC Cricket World Cup, continued to boost international growth from all regions, particularly Japan, China, India and Sri Lanka.”
“And despite a subdued domestic market, pleasingly, we also maintained solid growth.”
Approximately $53 million was reinvested in April to improve facilities at Melbourne Airport, including a new domestic terminal, transport hub, tri-generation plant and a 3.3 kilometre extension of Airport Drive, all on track for completion in the second half of 2015.
This is a list of the busiest railway stations in Belgium
|1||Brussels-South||Brussels Capital Region||54,885||2014 |
|2||Gent-St-Pieters||East Flanders||53,954||2014 |
|3||Brussels-Central||Brussels Capital Region||52,628||2014 |
|4||Brussels-North||Brussels Capital Region||48,804||2014 |
|6||Leuven||Flemish Brabant||29,732||2014 |
|9||Namur railway station||Namur||18,649||2014 |
|10||Brugge||West Flanders||17,195||2014 |
|12||Antwerpen-Berchem railway station||Antwerp||12,550||2014 |
|13||Denderleeuw railway station||East Flanders||10,991||2007|
|14||Mons railway station||Hainaut||10,387||2007|
|16||Charleroi-Sud railway station||Hainaut||9,736||2007|
|17||Brussels-Schuman railway station||Brussels Capital Region||8,077||2007|
|18||Sint-Niklaas railway station||East Flanders||7,879||2007|
|19||Aalst railway station||East Flanders||7,763||2007|
|20||Oostende railway station||West Flanders||7,392||2007|
|22||Hasselt railway station||Limburg||6,995||2007|
|23||Dendermonde railway station||East Flanders||6,866||2007|
|24||Brussels-Luxembourg railway station||Brussels Capital Region||6,825||2007|
|25||Gembloux railway station||Namur||6,603||2007|
|26||Zottegem railway station||East Flanders||6,145||2007|
|27||Louvain-La-Neuve-Université railway station||Walloon Brabant||5,703||2007|
|28||Brussels National Airport railway station||Flemish Brabant||5,663||2007|
|29||Etterbeek railway station||Brussels Capital Region||5,565||2007|
|30||Braine-l’Alleud railway station||Walloon Brabant||5,291||2007|
|Name||Code||Image||Served by||Railway line(s)||Distance from
|Date opened||Previous name(s)||Interchanges|
|Allawah||AWH||Illawarra||13.690||25 October 1925|
|Arncliffe||ACL||Illawarra||8.420||15 October 1884|
|Artarmon||ATO||North Shore||10.300||6 July 1898
7 October 1900
|Ashfield||AFD||Main Suburban||8.380||26 September 1855|
|Asquith||ASQ||Main Northern||35.690||1 November 1915|
|Auburn||AUB||Main Suburban||18.630||18 February 1877|
|Banksia||BKA||Illawarra||9.600||21 October 1906|
|Bankstown||BWU||Bankstown||18.720||14 April 1909|
|Bardwell Park||BWP||East Hills||10.100||21 September 1931|
|Beecroft||BCF||Main Northern||26.900||17 September 1886
7 March 1892
|Belmore||BMR||Bankstown||13.250||1 February 1895|
|Berala||BAA||Main South||18.360||11 November 1912|
|Berowra||BEW||Main Northern||44.660||7 April 1887||NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Beverly Hills||BVH||East Hills||14.650||21 September 1931||Dumbleton (1931–1940)|
|Bexley North||BXN||East Hills||11.370||21 September 1931|
|Birrong||BRG||Bankstown||22.110||16 July 1928|
|34.870||4 July 1860||Blacktown Road (1860–1862)||NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Bondi Junction||BJN||Eastern Suburbs||6.760||23 June 1979|
|Burwood||BUW||Main Suburban||10.620||26 September 1855
13 March 1892
|Camellia||CEL||Carlingford||22.950||21 January 1885||Subiaco
|Campbelltown||CAM||Main South||54.710||17 May 1858||NSW TrainLink intercity and regional trains, buses|
|Campsie||CMP||Bankstown||11.700||1 February 1895|
|Canley Vale||CVE||Old Main South||30.980||15 April 1878|
|Canterbury||CTB||Bankstown||10.160||1 February 1895|
|Caringbah||Cronulla||31.510||16 December 1939|
|Carlingford||Carlingford||27.850||20 April 1896||Pennant Hills
|Carramar||Main South||25.890||8 October 1924||South Fairfield
|Casula||Main South||38.800||1 November 1894|
|0.00||26 September 1855
5 August 1906
3 October 1926
23 June 1979
|NSW TrainLink intercity & regional trains, Great Southern Rail trains, Sydney Light Rail, buses, coaches|
|Chatswood||North Shore||11.650||1 January 1890|
|Cheltenham||Main Northern||25.380||10 October 1898|
|Chester Hill||Main South||22.310||8 October 1924|
|Circular Quay||City Circle||2.970||22 January 1956|
|Como||Illawarra||21.240||26 December 1885
27 November 1972
|Concord West||Main Northern||25.380||1 September 1887||Concord
|Cronulla||Cronulla||34.810||16 December 1939||Buses|
|Croydon||Main Suburban||10.620||7 January 1875||Five Dock
|Denistone||Main Northern||20.160||26 September 1937|
|Domestic Airport||Airport||6.600||21 May 2000|
|Doonside||Main Western||38.290||27 September 1880||Doonside
|Dulwich Hill||Bankstown||7.870||1 February 1895||Wardell Road
|Sydney Light Rail, buses|
|Dundas||Carlingford||24.840||20 April 1896||Kissing Point Road
|East Hills||East Hills||24.030||21 December 1931|
|East Richmond||Richmond||60.000||2 July 1939|
|Eastwood||Main Northern||21.390||17 September 1886||Dundas
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Edgecliff||Eastern Suburbs||4.820||23 June 1979||Buses|
|South West Rail Link||0.00||8 February 2015|
|Emu Plains||Main Western||57.440||18 August 1868
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Engadine||Illawarra||30.750||1 October 1920|
Epping to Chatswood
|23.390||17 September 1886
15 February 1900
23 February 2009
|Field of Mars
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Erskineville||Illawarra||2.880||15 October 1884
16 June 1912
|Fairfield||Old Main South||28.997||26 September 1856|
|Glenfield||Main South||41.930||6 September 1869
27 March 1891
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses|
|Gordon||North Shore||17.120||1 January 1890|
|Granville||Main Suburban||21.220||2 July 1860||Parramatta Junction
|Green Square||Airport||2.600||21 May 2000|
|Guildford||Old Main South||25.720||April 1876|
|Gymea||Cronulla||27.940||16 December 1939|
|Harris Park||Main Western||22.530||1883|
|Heathcote||Illawarra||33.150||9 March 1886|
|Holsworthy||East Hills||27.760||21 December 1987|
|Homebush||Main Suburban||12.740||26 September 1855|
|33.860||17 September 1886||Hornsby
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Hurlstone Park||Bankstown||8.800||1 February 1895||Fern Hill
|Hurstville||Illawarra||14.840||15 October 1884||NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses|
|Ingleburn||Main South||45.650||6 September 1859||Macquarie Fields
|International Airport||Airport||8.100||21 May 2000|
|Jannali||Illawarra||22.720||7 February 1931|
|Killara||North Shore||15.890||10 June 1899|
|Kings Cross||Eastern Suburbs||3.410||23 June 1979|
|Kingsgrove||East Hills||12.620||21 September 1931|
|Kingswood||Main Western||52.700||1 September 1887||Cross Roads
|Kirrawee||Cronulla||26.640||16 December 1939|
|Kogarah||Illawarra||11.610||15 October 1884|
|Lakemba||Bankstown||14.480||14 April 1909|
|Leightonfield||LHF||Main South||23.670||24 August 1942|
|South West Rail Link||0.00||8 February 2015|
19 December 1891
|Lidcombe||Main Suburban||16.610||1 November 1858||Haslems Creek
|Lindfield||North Shore||14.600||1 January 1890|
|Liverpool||Main South||35.680||26 September 1856|
|Loftus||Illawarra||11.610||9 March 1886
9 June 1917
|Macarthur||Main South||56.580||28 July 1985||NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses|
3 April 1892
|Macquarie Fields||Main South||43.800||3 October 1888|
|Macquarie Park||Epping to Chatswood||20.80||23 February 2009|
|Macquarie University||Epping to Chatswood||22.07||23 February 2009|
|Marayong||Richmond||37.410||2 October 1922|
|Marrickville||Bankstown||6.580||1 February 1895|
|Martin Place||Eastern Suburbs||2.100||23 June 1979|
|Mascot||Airport||5.100||21 May 2000|
|Meadowbank||Main Northern||18.180||1 September 1887||Meadow Bank
|Merrylands||Old Main South||23.470||6 July 1878|
|Milsons Point||North Shore||4.434||1 May 1893
30 May 1915
13 July 1915
28 July 1924
20 March 1932
|Minto||Main South||49.670||May 1874||Campbellfields
|Miranda||Cronulla||29.510||16 December 1939|
|Mortdale||Illawarra||17.060||20 March 1897
14 September 1922
|Mount Colah||Main Northern||37.680||1 July 1887||Colah
|Mount Druitt||Main Western||35.690||1 November 1915|
|Mount Kuring-gai||Main Northern||43.840||19 August 1881
8 December 1974
|Mulgrave||Richmond||52.590||1 December 1864
29 June 1939
|Museum||City Circle||4.990||20 December 1926|
|Narwee||East Hills||15.780||21 December 1931|
|Newtown||Main Suburban||3.100||26 September 1855|
|Normanhurst||Main Northern||31.720||21 November 1895||Hornsby
|North Strathfield||Main Northern||13.380||9 June 1918|
|North Sydney||North Shore||5.130||20 March 1932|
|North Ryde||Epping to Chatswood||19.39||23 February 2009||Delhi Road
|Olympic Park||Olympic Park||17.330||1 May 1998|
|Padstow||East Hills||19.340||21 December 1931|
|Panania||East Hills||22.550||21 December 1931|
|Parramatta||Main Western||23.210||26 September 1855
4 July 1860
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses|
|Pendle Hill||Main Western||28.290||12 April 1924|
|Pennant Hills||Main Northern||28.580||17 September 1886|
|Penrith||Main Western||55.090||19 January 1863|
4 April 1905
|Petersham||Main Suburban||5.500||6 January 1857|
|Punchbowl||Bankstown||16.450||14 April 1909|
|Pymble||North Shore||18.900||1 January 1890|
30 March 1905
29 June 1939
|1.300||15 April 1878||Eveleigh
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Regents Park||Main South||19.860||11 November 1912
2 March 1914
8 October 1924
|Revesby||East Hills||20.960||21 December 1931|
|Rhodes||Main Northern||16.580||17 September 1886|
|Richmond||Richmond||60.680||1 December 1864|
|Riverstone||Richmond||45.960||1 December 1864|
|Riverwood||East Hills||20.960||21 December 1931||Herne Bay
|Rockdale||Illawarra||10.410||15 October 1884|
|Rooty Hill||Main Western||40.910||23 December 1861
1 January 1862
1 December 1864
21 July 1862)
|Rosehill||Carlingford||22.420||1 August 1901
14 May 1959
|Roseville||North Shore||13.270||1 January 1890||Rossville
|Rydalmere||Carlingford||24.010||24 April 1896||Victoria Road
|Schofields||Richmond||43.750||1870 (original site)
29 October 2011 (present site)
|Sefton||Main South||21.190||8 October 1924|
|Seven Hills||Main Western||32.060||1 December 1863
6 February 1869
|St James||City Circle||4.400||20 December 1926|
|St Leonards||North Shore||8.410||1 January 1890|
|St Marys||Main Western||47.420||1 May 1862||South Creek
|St Peters||Illawarra||3.810||15 October 1884|
|Strathfield||Main Suburban||11.810||9 July 1876
23 September 1900
6 November 1922
|NSW TrainLink intercity and regional trains|
|Summer Hill||Main Suburban||7.030||15 September 1879|
|Sutherland||Illawarra||24.640||26 December 1885||NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses|
|Sydenham||Illawarra||5.310||15 October 1884||Marrickville
|Telopea||Carlingford||26.340||13 June 1925|
|Tempe||Illawarra||6.840||15 October 1884|
|Thornleigh||Main Northern||29.430||17 September 1886|
|Toongabbie||Main Western||29.960||26 April 1880|
|Town Hall||North Shore
|1.180||28 February 1932|
|Turramurra||North Shore||20.820||1 January 1890||Eastern Road
|Turrella||East Hills||8.630||21 September 1931|
|Villawood||Main South||24.500||8 October 1924|
|Vineyard||Richmond||49.230||14 July 1935|
|Wahroonga||North Shore||22.770||1 January 1890||Pearces Corner
|Waitara||North Shore||24.210||20 April 1895|
|Warrawee||North Shore||21.89||1 August 1900|
|Warwick Farm||Main South||34.160||18 March 1889|
|Waterfall||Illawarra||38.740||9 March 1886
4 May 1905
|NSW TrainLink intercity trains|
|Waverton||North Shore||6.110||1 May 1893||Bay Road
|Wentworthville||Main Western||26.640||1883||T R Smith’s Platform
|Werrington||Main Western||49.080||2 May 1868||Parkes Platform
|West Ryde||Main Northern||19.200||17 September 1886||Ryde
|Westmead||Main Western||25.160||March 1883||NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses|
|Wiley Park||Bankstown||15.350||19 June 1938|
|Windsor||Richmond||54.980||1 December 1864|
|7.300||21 May 2000||NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses|
|Wollstonecraft||North Shore||7.180||1 May 1893||Edwards Road
|Woolooware||Cronulla||33.600||16 December 1939|
|2.050||28 February 1932|
|Yagoona||Bankstown||20.560||16 July 1928|
|Yennora||Old Main South||27.440||6 November 1927[41|
Raymond H. “Ray” LaHood (born December 6, 1945) is an American politician who served as United States Secretary of Transportation from 2009 until 2013. A Republican from Illinois, LaHood represented Illinois’s 18th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009.
Secretary of Transportation
LaHood works on a Habitat for Humanity project in Brooklyn, New York City, June 2009
On December 19, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would nominate LaHood to be the next Transportation Secretary. LaHood’s résumé on transport matters was considered thin by some critics, including the Wall Street Journal despite the fact that he served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee he won praise for his “skills as an arbiter” in being able to bridge sometimes bitter partisan divides in the Congress, something the position would require. Some critics alleged a reputation for pork barrel spending, including in support of campaign contributors. The Washington Post reported that of the $60 million in earmarks LaHood secured for his district in 2008, $9 million went to campaign donors.
His nomination was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote on January 21, 2009. He was, with Robert Gates, one of two Republican members of the Obama Cabinet.
On February 3, 2010, LaHood was criticized for advice he was asked to give while testifying before a congressional committee regarding Toyota’s recall of 2.3 million vehicles due to sudden acceleration, wherein he suggested Toyota owners stop driving their cars. LaHood qualified his statement within an hour and a half of his testimony, spelling out that he meant “owners of any recalled Toyota models (should) contact their local dealer and get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible.”
LaHood is a supporter of airline passenger rights to facilities, food and water during lengthy on-aircraft delays. He is also a strong proponent of high-speed rail, saying “This is what the American people want. If you build it, they will come.”
LaHood announced his plans to step down as transportation secretary at the end of Obama’s first term in 2013. He did not seek any public office after that, and instead entered the private sector.
On December 6, 2011, LaHood accepted the resignation of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who was charged with drunk driving near his Washington home. In February 2013 LaHood lamented the amount of infrastructure spending that was approved by Congress during his tenure at the Department of Transportation. “America is one big pothole right now,” LaHood said in an interview on “The Diane Rehm Show” on National Public Radio. He went on to mention that Congress passed a $105 billion surface transportation bill last year, but he lamented the fact that the measure only provided appropriations for road and transit projects until 2014. “Congress passed a two-year bill. Ordinarily they would pass a five year bill,” he said. “It was only a two-year bill because they couldn’t find enough money to fund a five-year bill.”
On January 29, 2013, LaHood announced he would resign as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation upon the confirmation of his successor by the United States Senate. President Obama nominated Anthony Foxx, the incumbent mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, to succeed LaHood. Foxx was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate and was sworn into the position on July 2, 2013.
Anthony Renard Foxx (born April 30, 1971) is an American politician who has been United States Secretary of Transportation since 2013. He served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. He was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, and he was elected as Mayor on November 3, 2009, winning 51.5% of the vote and defeating his City Council colleague, Republican John Lassiter. He won a second term on November 8, 2011, winning more than two-thirds of the vote against Republican Scott Stone. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Originally elected at the age of 38, Foxx was the youngest mayor of Charlotte, and was the first Democrat to hold the office since Harvey Gantt left office in 1987.He was Charlotte’s second African American mayor, as well as its first newly elected mayor since 1995, when Pat McCrory began the first of his record seven terms in office. On April 5, 2013, he announced that he would not seek reelection as Mayor in 2013.
On April 29, 2013, President Barack Obama said he would nominate Foxx to be the Secretary of Transportation. On June 27, 2013 the Senate confirmed the nomination of Foxx to the post of Secretary of Transportation on a vote of 100-0. He was sworn into the position on July 2, 2013.
The Follo Line Project
The project is currently the largest transport project in Norway and includes the country’s longest railway tunnel (20 km). Combined with the existing Østfold Line, four tracks to the capital Oslo will represent more trains and faster trains on schedule.
The Follo Line will form the core part of the InterCity development southwards from Oslo. The project will comprise a 20 km long tunnel which will be Norway’s first long twin tube rail tunnel.
Please find the latest stories about the project on our international news page.
The Follo Line Project:
- currently Norway’s largest transport project
- forms the core part of InterCity development southwards from Oslo
- 22 km new double track line from Norway’s capital to the public transport center of Ski
- includes extensive works at Oslo Central Station and the construction of a new station at Ski
- includes the necessary realignment of tracks for the existing Østfold Line on the approach to Oslo Central Station and between the tunnel and the new Ski Station
- will comprise the construction of around 64 km new railway tracks
- will comprise a 20 km long tunnel; Norway’s longest railway tunnel to date and the longest rail tunnel in the Nordic countries
- to be excavated mainly with tunnel boring machines (TBM), but also by drill & blast and drill & split
- the first long railway tunnel in Norway with separate twin tunnels
- provides increased traffic capacity to and from Oslo
- will enable a 50 % reduction in journey time between Oslo and Ski
- designed for speed up to 250 km/h
- important preparatory work started in 2013 and will be completed in 2015
- EPC contracts to be signed in 2015
- main construction phase commence in 2015
- scheduled for completion in the end of 2021