Bergen Light Rail (Bybanen) in Norway is the most significant public transport investment for the city to date. Its first section opened in 2010 and has won awards for its inclusive design. With the fourth section, Bergen will turn into a city that promotes pedestrians and cyclists.
‘This project will have a huge impact for many of the residents of Bergen. There are many challenges, so it has been important to work closely with the client from day one,’ says Monika Vangstad Reitan, Project Manager for Sweco.
Sweco is responsible for the detailed development and construction plans. A broad range of expertise, ranging from tunnel engineering and signalling to rail technology and landscape design, is provided to the client.
An important aspect of the assignment is to create a feeling of security for users, as cyclists will spend approximately 9 minutes inside the tunnel while pedestrians will spend around 40 minutes.
Behavioural psychology has been used in the planning stage to ensure measures that provide all travellers with the best possible experience.