Department of Planning and Rail Transport

The Railway Section is responsible for strategic planning and budget work within the railways sector and is responsible for overseeing the Norwegian Railway Directorate and the Norwegian Railway Inspectorate. Further, the section is responsible for framework conditions for the railway sector, international railway issues and legal and regulatory work in the railway sector in addition to regulations for cable cars and amusement facilities.The planning section is responsible for strategic planning, assessment and analysis of issues across the transport sectors and has a central role in the ministry's work with the National Transport Plan. The section is also responsible for the development of planning and analysis tools, leading and coordinating the ministry's work with new technology, including intelligent transport systems as well as overall responsibility for and coordination of the ministry's work with research and study.The environmental section is responsible for coordinating the ministry's work with environmental and climate issues, including the use of policy instruments in relation to environmental and climate problems in the transport sector. The environmental section coordinates the ministry's work with universal design. The section is also responsible for climate adaptation, tax policy issues, especially related to environmental and transport taxes, and international environmental issues.

The Railway Section is responsible for strategic planning and budget work within the railways sector and is responsible for overseeing the Norwegian Railway Directorate and the Norwegian Railway Inspectorate. Further, the section is responsible for framework conditions for the railway sector, international railway issues and legal and regulatory work in the railway sector in addition to regulations for cable cars and amusement facilities.

The planning section is responsible for strategic planning, assessment and analysis of issues across the transport sectors and has a central role in the ministry's work with the National Transport Plan. The section is also responsible for the development of planning and analysis tools, leading and coordinating the ministry's work with new technology, including intelligent transport systems as well as overall responsibility for and coordination of the ministry's work with research and study.

The environmental section is responsible for coordinating the ministry's work with environmental and climate issues, including the use of policy instruments in relation to environmental and climate problems in the transport sector. The environmental section coordinates the ministry's work with universal design. The section is also responsible for climate adaptation, tax policy issues, especially related to environmental and transport taxes, and international environmental issues.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Planning Section

    The Planning Section is responsible for strategic planning, studies & reporting and analysis of cross industry matters in the transport sector and has a key role in the ministry’s work with The National Transport Plan in close co-operation with the NTP Project that pursuant to this revision of The National Transport Plan leads the process. The section is also responsible for the development of planning and analysis tools, leading and co-ordinating the Ministry’s work with new technology, hereunder intelligent transport systems, as well as overarching responsibility for and co-ordination of  the Ministry’s research and report work. The work with NTP is organised as a project and is placed under the auspices of The Department of Planning and Rail Transport.

    Section manager: Acting Deputy Director General Borghild Ollestad

  • Environmental Affairs Section

    The section is responsible for co-ordinating the Ministry’s work with matters relating to environmental and climate issues, including amongst other matters the use of viable tools to alleviate environmental and climate concerns in the transport sector. The Environmental Affairs Section co-ordinates the Ministry’s work in overarching design, development and planning. Further, the section is responsible for adaption to climate change, matters relating to taxation policy, in particular those related to environmental and transport taxation, and international environmental affairs.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Per-André Torper

  • Rail Transport Section

    The Rail Transport Section is responsible for strategic planning and budgeting in the railway sector and for agency management of The Norwegian Railway Directorate and The Norwegian Railway Authority. The section is also responsible for framework terms and conditions for the railways sector, matters relating to international railways and legislative and regulatory work in the railway sector in addition to the regulations governing cable car and funicular plant and amusement park installations.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Cecilie T. Fjordbakk