Useful information

12.10.2017: Link to presentations from press-conference (in Norwegian)

12.10.2017 Ivitation to tender 1 launched
Presse release

12.10.2017 Plans for further cempetitive tendering issued
Press release

The independence of The Norwegian Railway Authority’s (SJT) market regulator role strengthened

On December 16th 2016 royal assent was given to the changes in the Railway Law that gives strengthened independece of SJT’s market regulator role. The updated law will enter into force on January 1st 2017. The changes ensures that the Ministry of Transport and Communications cannot instruct the SJT in its role as the market regulator, nor review its decisions.

For more information, please see the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ press release (in Norwegian).

The Norwegian railway reform: adjustment of the tender timetable for passenger rail traffic

– Through implementing the railway reform, the government is making the largest changes in the Norwegian rail sector for a long time. The aim of the reform is to secure an even better rail offering for passengers and businesses, while ensuring that the substantially increase in funding the sector we have seen in recent years, is used efficiently. The reform is very ambitious, and the main changes in the sector will be in effect from January 1st. Regarding competitive tendering, however, there are still some questions that have to be clarified. Due to this, we have chosen to adjust the timetable for competitive tendering, Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik Olsen says.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has decided to adjust the timetable for competitive tendering of passenger rail transport to better facilitate a successful tender process for all stakeholders.

For Tender 1 Sør, including passenger rail traffic on the Sørlandsbanen, Arendalsbanen and Jærbanen lines, the ambition is still to complete the process in time for the selected bidder to be able to start its traffic on the date of the timetable change in December 2018.

The draft Invitation To Tender (ITT) is not to be consulted on at this time, as originally intended. There are several reasons for this:

  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications requires more time to assess the future pension arrangements in the sector. Having clarified the pension arrangements by the time the ITT is released, will reduce the uncertainty for both employees and potential bidders for Tender 1 Sør. The assessment includes a process with the EFTA Surveillance Authority on how to approach NSBs pension liabilities when the company leaves The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications is of the opinion that it is important for the new companies, which are being created to take on rolling stock, sales- and ticketing infrastructure and maintenance activities from NSB, have sufficient time to understand their role as sub-suppliers to passenger rail operators. The adjusted timetable gives potential bidders better time to establish a dialogue with their sub-suppliers before the tender process starts.
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications will publish the National Transport Plan 2018 – 2029 during the spring of 2017. The work on the white paper for the National Transport Plan is advancing, and the ministry is of the opinion that it would be appropriate to accommodate the outcome this process in the ITT. If any infrastructure investments are proposed for the lines included in Tender 1 Sør, these might affect the service requirements in the ITT.

Start of traffic Tender 2 Nord in December 2019

The initial plan for the tendering process was that for both Tender 1 Sør and Tender 2 Nord the selected bidder would be able to start its traffic on the date of the timetable change in December 2018. As a consequence of the adjustment in the timetable for Tender 1 Sør, The Ministry of Transport and Communications is of the opinion that it would be difficult for both bidders and Jernbanedirektoratet to work on both tenders simultaneously within their capacity constraints.

The start of traffic on Tender 2 Nord is therefore postponed by a year. The selected bidder is now expected to start traffic on the date of the timetable change in December 2019. Tender 2 Nord includes passenger rail traffic on the Nordlandsbanen, Trønderbanen, Meråkerbanen, Raumabanen, Rørosbanen and Dovrebanen lines.

Jernbanverket launches customer portal

Infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket has launched a customer portal for train operating companies and freight terminal operators. This customer portal is meant to make the cooperation, the communication and the flow of information better between Jernbaneverket and the operators. The portal also includes statistics and other information about the infrastructure on which the services included in Tender 1 South and Tender 2 North are running. For more information in Norwegian, see Jernbaneverkets website.

Information and consultation meeting

In order to give information about the coming tenders in Norway, the Ministry of Transportation organized a meeting in Oslo on March 10, 2016. About 100 people participated.

Presentations from the meeting can be downloaded here:

Useful information can be found through these links:

National level

Service tender 1 – South

County Councils:

Kollektivaktører

Agder kollektivtrafikk AS

Administrasjonsselskap med ansvar for lokal kollektivtrafikk i fylkene Aust-Agder og Vest-Agder. www.akt.no

Brakar AS

Administrasjonsselskap med ansvar for lokal kollektivtrafikk i Buskerud fylke www.brakar.no

Kolumbus AS

Administrasjonsselskap med ansvar for den offentlige buss- og hurtigbåttrafikken i Rogaland. www.kolumbus.no

Ruter AS

Administrasjonsselskap for kollektivtrafikken i Oslo og Akershus. www.ruter.no
Ruters reiseplanlegger dekker 8 fylker på Østlandet ruter.no/reiseplanlegger

Service tender 2 – North

County Councils:

Kollektivaktører

AtB AS

Aadministrasjonsselskap for kollektivtrafikken i Sør-Trøndelag fylke atb.no

Hedmark Trafikk FKF

Fylkeskommunalt foretak med ansvar for kollektivtrafikken i Hedmark fylke. www.hedmark-trafikk.no

Nordland fylkeskommune

Administrerer kollektivtransporten i fylket nfk.no/tjenester/samferdsel/kollektivtransport/

Opplandstrafikk

Opplandstrafikk er en del av sentraladministrasjonen i Oppland fylkeskommune og er ansvarlig for kollektivtrafikken i Oppland opplandstrafikk.no

Ruter AS

Administrasjonsselskap for kollektivtrafikken i Oslo og Akershus. ruter.no
Ruters reiseplanlegger dekker 8 fylker på Østlandet ruter.no/reiseplanlegger