The Swedish transport company SJ Norge is predicting as much as 45 percent passenger growth on the main train line between Trondheim and Oslo by 2030. Known as Dovrebanen, it runs over the Dovre Mountains and can attract both business and pleasure travelers with better and more frequent service.
That’s what SJ Norge is promising. It shockingly won the bid for the line away from Norway’s state railway Vy (formerly NSB) this spring, and believes that better service can win passengers away from airlines serving Oslo and Trondheim, and from bus lines and their cars for everyone living and working in between.
Newspaper Trønder-Avisa reports that documents tied to its bid call for passenger growth to as much as 1.2 million a year. That would be up from the 839,000 passengers on the line last year. SJ Norge plans to double capacity on Friday and Sundays, and boost departures from three to six daily in each direction by 2022.
Another local newspaper in Trøndelag predicted that the public will respond, also to better service that’s to include good meals and drinks and better comfort on board. “Now it will be even better to take the train,” editorialized Innherred. Despite some objections to subjecting former state monopolies to competition, “all railroad enthusiasts can be glad that there’s so much attention now on train travel. For those who prefer taking the train to flying, it’s music to our ears when the Swedes make these promises.” It’s expected they’ll be kept.