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On track to lowering passenger emissions

Project

Bergen Light Rail Phase 4: Planning and Design

Client

Bergen Municipality and Bybanan Utbygging

Sustainability goals

Sweco areas of expertise

Over 300 employees, 18 areas of expertise, six countries

Location

Bergen, Norway

New line in Norway’s second city

Bergen Light Rail is a public transportation network solution that is seen as a key to minimising passenger traffic emissions in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city.

Sweco was commissioned in 2015 to oversee the planning and design of the Light Rail’s fourth phase; a new line between Bergen’s city centre and the suburb of Fyllingsdalen which will run above ground and through tunnels, and will also include the Light Rail’s first underground station.

The Light Rail has been built in phases, with the work starting in 2010. The number of passengers has increased five-fold during this period, from three million to fifteen million passengers per year.

The addition of an entirely new tramline is an extensive, complicated project. The new nine-kilometre line is scheduled to open in 2022.

The Bergen Light Rail I a new line between Bergen’s city centre and the suburb of Fyllingsdalen. It will include the Light Rail’s first underground station.

Digital technology in all stages of the project

Sweco has provided expertise in all stages of the project, from environmental permits to planning and design. The use of digital technology has ensured effective collaboration with the client, colleagues and other project suppliers.

From planning the layout of the station areas and surrounding environment; including streets, public parks, pedestrian and bike paths, to planning and designing work on the tunnel, the new tramline and all associated components are modelled entirely in 3D.

Working efficiently with co-ordination and automation has also saved a significant number of working hours in addition to shortening the planning period, and reducing the cost of correcting errors.

A digital platform was developed with the client to bring together the planning and implementation of the project. Everything from studies of alternative routes to the final, detailed technical design is planned, co-ordinated and verified using this digital tool, which has generated major savings and increased efficiency for Bergen Municipality.

Parallel planning and real time information sharing

Sweco has worked systematically with parallel planning rather than traditional sequential planning. This has made it easier for the client to provide comments and suggestions and has reduced the amount of time normally required to take decisions or make adjustments. An added plus is that everyone working on the project receives the same information in real time.

Investment for the future

It’s predicted that every Norwegian krone invested in the project is expected to generate 30 kroner in the form of increased economic activity in the immediate area. The significant investment made today also offers the possibility of providing excellent future returns by reducing the climate impact from traffic.