In line with its target to halve the emissions from the transport sector by 2030, compared to 2005 levels, the Norwegian government announced a National Transport Plan for 2022-2033.
Within this Plan, five new urban growth agreements will be set up in order to reduce GHG emissions, congestion, air pollution and noise in urban areas (the Kristiansand region, Buskerudbyen, Grenland, Nedre Glomma and Tromsø), as a follow-up to existing ones (Fornebubanen in Oslo and Viken, Bybanen in Bergen, Metrobussen in Trondheim and Bussveien in Nord-Jæren). A new subsidy scheme will also target five smaller urban areas.
Total investment in urban areas nears NOK 80 billion, covering measures for developing public transport, cycling and walking along national, county and municipal roads.
The Government contribution will cover up to 50 percent of the costs in five large public transport projects (so-called 50/50 projects) and a new metro tunnel in the Oslo area, Bybanen to Fyllingsdalen in Bergen, Bussveien in Nord-Jæren and Metrobuss in Trondheim.