More money to roads and fewer road fatalities
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s own production came to NOK 11.2 billion in 2011, an increase of 9 per cent from 2010.
The total expenditure spent on public roads constituted NOK 21.9 billion. This was an increase of NOK 465 million from 2010. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration invested NOK 9.7 billion in 2011; only slightly lower than in 2010.
More than 480 man-years in one year
The total number of man-years in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration adjusted for long-term leave increased by 482 or 8.9 per cent from 2010 to 5 900 in 2011. As a comparison, the statistics for the central government show a corresponding increase of 2.5 per cent. Compared to other transport and communication services within the central government, the increase in man-years in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is not abnormal. For example, the Norwegian National Rail Administration experienced an increase in employment of 8.2 per cent in 2011.
19 per cent fewer killed in road traffic accidents
Transport security is one of the four main goals in the Norwegian National Transport plan 2010-2019. As a step towards the “zero vision”, the government’s mid-term goal is below 950 people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents by 2014. This goal was, however, reached in 2010, when 922 people were killed or seriously injured. The positive trend continued in 2011, with 847 people killed or seriously injured; a decrease of 8 per cent from the year before. A total of 168 people were killed in road traffic in 2011. This was a decrease of 19 per cent from 2010, and the lowest fatality figure since 1953 (163 killed).
More seat belt inspections and more people using seat belts
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration carried out 1 027 000 seat belt inspections in 2011; about 80 000 more than the year before. In the period 2007 to 2009, about 632 000 inspections were carried out on average each year.
According to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s action programme for the period 2010 to 2013, the goal for 2014 is an increase in the use of seat belts to 92 per cent and 95 per cent within built-up areas and outside such areas respectively. The statistics for 2011 reveal a share of 92.7 and 94.8 per cent. This was an increase from 2010 of 2 percentage points in the use of seat belts within built-up areas and a 1 percentage point increase outside built-up areas.
Almost 51 kilometres more of public roads with physically separated lanes
A total of 31.2 kilometres of central barriers were built on two and three-lane state roads in 2011. Including 19.3 kilometres of four-lane state roads opened to traffic this year, there was an overall increase of 50.5 kilometres in state roads with physically separated lanes established in 2011.
Less emissions of NOx
Preliminary estimates indicate that the total emissions of greenhouse gases from road traffic constituted 10.1 million tonnes measured in CO2 equivalents in 2011; the same as in 2010. The emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from road traffic came to 35 300 tonnes; a reduction from 2009 and 2010 by 12.7 and 5.3 per cent respectively.
StatRes - State resource use and results
The purpose of StatRes is to show the level of resources used by the central government, what this input provides in terms of activities and services in the various government activities, and what outcomes can be seen from the input. The aim is to provide the general public and the authorities with more knowledge of state-run activities.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration in StatRes
The indicators for resource input are especially developed by Statistics Norway for use in StatRes, and may in some cases differ from similar figures presented in other accounting reports for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (see About the statistics). The Norwegian Public Roads Administration also manages funds for county roads on behalf of the county authorities. The number of man-years in the statistics reflects the work carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration on both state and county roads.
Road investments in StatRes
The investment figures in StatRes include the contracting costs of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for state road investments, which mainly consist of payments to contractors and other suppliers of construction and building services. Any other expenditures paid by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in connection with planning and implementation of road construction projects (wages and purchases of other goods and services) are included in the own production of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (see About the statistics). Since road constructions are usually carried out over several years, the physical outcomes of the increased level of investments will most often become visible in the statistics for subsequent years.
A new administrative reform (“forvaltningsreformen”)
Previously, the Government was administratively responsible for all main roads. These roads were classified as “trunk roads” and “remaining main roads”. As from 1 January 2010, most of the “remaining main roads” were reclassified as provincial roads and thereby became an extended liability for the counties. Simultaneously, the common administrative responsibility for both state roads and county roads of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration continues, i.e. the Norwegian Public Roads Administration will continue as the Government road administration in matters concerning state roads, and as the county road administration in matters related to county roads. Due to the new administrative reform there is a break in the statistics between 2010 and earlier years.