On the current subway through the city center, the capacity is full and there is no room for more departures on the route.
Through the 5.5 kilometer long tunnel that will go from Majorstuen, Bislett, Stortinget, Grünerløkka and Tøyen, the number of departures will increase considerably, according to the City Council in Oslo.
On Tuesday afternoon they presented their new plan for the development of public transport in Oslo. The city council sets a target for a total of zero-emission public transport by 2028.
“We are now implementing the largest collective development since the subway was built after World War II. With a new subway tunnel through Oslo city center, we can increase the number of departures to at least eight per hour on the subway lines. This will make everyday life easier for all over the city, and is crucial for Oslo to become the world’s first zero-emission city, says City Council for Environment and Transport Lan Marie Berg (MDG).
According to city council leader Raymond Johansen (AP), the new tunnel will cost about NOK 17 billion to build.
In addition, work with the Fornebubanen is well under way. The first workers will start in 2019, with the new route that will extend from Fornebu to Majorstuen.