The state is spending billions on improving Norway’s roads and train service, and the investment in transport infrastructure seems to be paying off. A recent study showed that it has created 7,840 jobs during the past four years.
The figures emerged in a study conducted by the social economic organization Samfunnsøkonomisk Analyse at the request of the Progress Party. News bureau NTB reported that the party thinks the results are better than expected.
“New projects will follow when one project is finished,” Hans Andreas Limi, finance policy spokesman for the Progress Party, told NTB. “And the need for maintenance is permanent.” That suggests job creation will continue as the government continues its transport upgrade program.
While it’s causing disruption for commuters in Oslo and other parts of the country, the improvements are meant to expand and stabilize train service while new highways also are opening. State spending on operations, maintenance and investments increased by 19 percent in 2014, 25 percent in 2015 and 52 percent in 201t6.