The Rail Network Of The Future Is Taking Shape In Norway
The new rail network of the future that has been proposed is taking shape in Norway, where trains run on electricity. Trains are said to be more efficient than buses because they use up fewer resources and are more reliable. New trains will cost around $2 million each. The railway company, DB Netz, is hoping to become a go-to for other countries in Europe with this model of transport in place.
The network is based on the driverless electric rail cars that are being used in Paris and will be built by Siemens. The trains will be fixed to the tracks. There will be a total of 350 stops along the way of 4200 kilometers of track and enough distance between them to avoid congestion.
The train stations are also envisioned to have bike paths attached, allowing cyclists to ride from the station to the station. With this new mode of transport, fewer cars will be used on Norwegian roads, which could ultimately reduce CO2 emissions. The required stations and equipment will cost $500 million to build, with the trains costing an additional $2 million per train.
The project is being piloted in the Nordland region, and once it gets rolling, the entire country will be benefitted. The train operators have said that they are hoping that this will encourage other countries to use the trains as well.
The Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg, has also promised to make further investments in the rail system in order to strengthen connections with other countries. Eventually, they hope to have a completely new train network and not just a quick fix.
The train comes with a number of advantages. There will be fewer accidents than with conventional trains because of the embedded sensors that are constantly monitoring the passengers. The life span is also known to be significantly longer as well.
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