The total investments of the Norwegian National Rail Administration constituted almost NOK 7.9 billion in 2013. This is an increase of 316 per cent compared to 2005 and 24 per cent compared to 2012.
|2012 - 2013|
|Operating expenditures (NOK mill.)||5 818||6 090||6 783||11.4|
|Investments (NOK mill.)||5 391||6 309||7 852||24.5|
|Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves||3 555||3 649||3 706||1.6|
|Activities and services|
|Main lines (kms)||4 139||4 246||4 224||-0.5|
|Level crossings||3 826||3 690||3 627||-1.7|
|Crossings with barriers, lights and klaxons||462||373||378||1.3|
|Passing loops > 600 meter (number)||138||139||141||1.4|
|Uptime (per cent)||98.5||98.8||98.6||-0.2|
|Hours of dead time||10 633||8 462||10 565||24.8|
|Percentage double track (per cent)||6||6||6||0.0|
|Percentage passing loops (numbers) > 600 metres (per cent)||42.2||42.5||42.9||0.9|
|Driftskostnad per km bane hovedspor||741||731||945||29.3|
In the period 2005-2008, the growth in government investments in the rail network came to NOK 1.2 billion including renewals and reinvestments. In 2009, the corresponding growth constituted NOK 1.6 billion, which is the same as the growth from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, the growth in investments came to NOK 1.5 million.
Simultaneously, the operating expenditures increased. These costs constituted NOK 3.2 billion in 2005 and had increased to NOK 6.8 billion in 2013. This was an increase of 110 per cent. Wages came to 44 per cent of the total operating expenditures in 2013. This was, however, almost 7 percentage points less than in 2005.
25 per cent increase in dead time in 2013
Following a particularly low number of hours of dead time for both passenger and goods trains in 2012 due to incidents related to infrastructure and other conditions, 2013 was “back to normal” with 10 565 hours of dead time. This was an increase of 2 100 hours compared to 2012. The Norwegian National Rail Administration´s explanation is weather conditions and the consequences therein. The Dovre line was particularly affected due to heavy rain and flooding.
A total of 6 470 hours of dead time was due to faults on the railway line and signalling and interlocking in 2013; an increase of 1 900 hours from 2012. The number of hours of dead time caused by planned work was, however, reduced by 23 per cent in 2013 to 850 hours.
Few fatal accidents – before schedule
Railway transport is a secure mode of transport. The yearly average killed in such accidents over the last 20 years has gradually decreased, and constituted 5.3 persons in 2013. The government’s target was 5.6.
Though rail is a secure means of transport for people, a lot of animals are killed by trains. More than 2 000 animals are killed in such accidents every year. In 2013, almost 800 moose were killed, of which 60 per cent were on the Nordland and Røros lines.
8 additional passing loops longer than 600 metres
The statistics show minor changes in the number of kilometres of main line in Norway in recent years. In the period 2008-2013, the kilometres of main line increased by 110, or 2.7 per cent. Though the extent of double tracks was expanded by 9 per cent to 246 kilometres in this time period, the share of such tracks has still not passed 6 per cent (5.8). This presents a challenge to conducting the traffic in a smooth manner, especially for the transport of goods. Lengthening of existing passing loops is an important measure for increasing capacity. By the end of 2008 there were 330 passing loops in total, of which 133 were longer than 600 metres. Five years later, the corresponding figures were 329 and 141 respectively.
Also find statistics about the quality of the track, number of stations, platforms, tunnels and bridges.