Transportation and storage Agreement in Parliament on a new tunnel under the Oslofjord

Transportation and storage  Agreement in Parliament on a new tunnel under the Oslofjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has estimated that the price of operating the new tunnel, parallel to the existing Oslofjord link on the E134, will be NOK 7.7 billion. After postponing the project in the state budget for 2023, the Swedish Roads Administration found room to implement it this year.

The development proposal was sent to Parliament in April. On Tuesday, an almost unified transport committee comprising the Labor Party, the Conservative Party, the SV Party, the SP Party and the Liberal Party endorsed the ministry's proposal, the issue being reported to Mayor John Blecra (NTB).

Only the Freedom Party opposes this solution, which means the project will be partly funded by toll fees until 2042.

– We are not against the development of the tunnel under the Oslov Strait, but we at FRP are against the fees. We want full government funding for this development, says Frank Svey (Frp) on the NTB committee.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2025 and open to traffic in 2032, the Swedish Roads Administration previously reported.

The aim of the development is the safe crossing of the Oslo Fjord on the existing route of the E134 and to increase accessibility by increasing the operating time to almost 100 percent. Transport Minister John Ivar Nygaard (AFP) said when he presented the proposal to Parliament that the project would provide significantly better traffic safety, especially because it eliminates the possibility of collisions.

(© NTB)

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