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The Secrets Behind the Bergen Light Railway

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Thomas Potter, Senior Transportation Engineer, Norconsult AS, Norway, joins Construction IQ to discuss the challenges faced and lessons learned by the Bergen Light Railway project, which can be of use to those involved in similar initiatives.

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The Secrets Behind the Bergen Light Railway

  1. 1. The Secrets Behind the Bergen Light Railway Interview by Helen Winsor, Construction IQ Thomas Potter, Senior Transportation Engineer, Norconsult AS, Norway, joins ConstructionIQ to discuss the challenges faced and lessons learned by the Bergen Light Railway project, which can be of use to those involved in similar initiatives.Construction IQ: Hello and welcome to this IQPC podcast presented by Construction IQ. I’myour host, Helen Winsor, and today I’m delighted to be joined by Thomas Potter, seniortransportation engineer at Norconsult AS, Norway. Thomas, welcome to the show. How areyou today?T Potter: Very well. Thank you very much.Construction IQ: Thanks for joining us. Now, today we’re going to look at the secrets behindthe Bergen Light Railway, which is a project that you’re heavily involved with. So, firstly,Thomas, how did you end up building light rail in Norway? What led to this?T Potter: We were lucky enough to have a project available at the perfect time. We had beentalking about light rail reintroducing tramways in Bergen since the tram was closed down in1965. And I started working on this project in the late 1980s as an idea. And we got politiciansinterested in it and we started doing the planning.But the main problem, as with all of these projects, is financing. Luckily, though, in the year2000, the city toll ring was coming up for renewal. The city of Bergen has a toll ring aroundthe CBD, the central business district, that dates back from 1985 and it was planned as a 15year project to accelerate road building. Well, in 2000, the politicians were thinking aboutrenewing that, but they couldn’t agree on using all the money for roads and suddenly therewas an interest in doing something on the public transportation side of things and our projectwas sitting there, well-planned at that time, and it was a very lucky coincidence that both thefinancing and the plans were available at the same time.So, in 2001, the city council approved the project and the financing was in place.Construction IQ: Great. So, what are the particular challenges of building light rail in WestNorway and in Bergen in particular?To download this interview in full and access the mp3, please click here -http://www.urbanrailinfrastructure.com/Event.aspx?id=731838&utm_campaign=Helen&utm_medium=HWOnline&utm_source=Slidshare&MAC=HW_PROMO_21298.001_SS__________________________________________________________________________Thomas Potter will be speaking at The IQPC Urban Rail Infrastructure Conference, which willtake place from 19 - 21 June, 2012, in Vienna, Austria. For more information about this eventplease visit www.urbanrailinfrastructure.com/ contact the enquiries team on 0800 652 2363or +44 (0) 20 7368 9300 or email enquire@iqpc.co.uk. 1
  2. 2. IQPCPlease note that we do all we can to ensure accuracy within the translation to word of audio interviews but that errors may stillunderstandably occur in some cases. If you believe that a serious inaccuracy has been made within the text, please contact +44(0) 207 368 9425 or email helen.winsor@iqpc.co.uk. 2

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