Over a quarter of Norwegian network in need of maintenance in coming years
Around 26 percent of the Norwegian railway network will need maintenance or renewal in the coming 12 years. That’s the main conclusion of Bane NOR’s annual Infrastatus report. The figure marks an increase over last year’s estimate.
While significant maintenance and renewal works lie ahead, the 2021 report also states that over overall condition of the railway network in Norway is classified as ‘Good’. It currently carries a replacement value of 434 billion krone, or around 42,5 billion euros. This is a slight decrease from the 2020 valuation of 438 billion krone.
According to Sverre Kjenne, executive vice-president for Operations and Technology at Bane NOR, the purpose of the Infrastatus reports is to identify in a timely manner which parts of the infrastructure or which facilities will represent the greatest future renewal costs in the future.
“Along each railway line there are many different infrastructure facilities, and the overall condition of the railway network depends on these different facilities working well together.”