2 About the plan – procedures and organisation
The National Transport Plan is submitted to the Storting (the Parliament) in the form of a White Paper every four years. It sets forth the Government’s transport goals and strategies in a long-term perspective.
National Transport Plan 2018–2029 (Meld. St. 33 (2016–2017)) was presented to the public and submitted to the Storting in April 2017. This is the fifth plan under the current planning system. This time the planning period is extended from ten to twelve years – and provides perspectives towards 2050.
The preparation of the White Paper is backed by an extensive and inclusive process, involving input from ministries, agencies, regional authorities, urban municipalities, businesses, industry and organisations. The main contributors to the preparations have been the Norwegian Railway Directorate, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and Avinor (The public company responsible for airports).
The Ministry of Transport and Communications provided guidelines for the preparatory work in the transport directorates and Avinor in March 2014 and in May 2015. Based on these guidelines, the administrations and Avinor presented their joint input document in February 2016. This document was submitted to the county authorities and major municipalities for comment. In addition, other authorities, transport users, organisations representing urban transport, environmental protection, transport safety etc. commented on the document. In the further work on the White Paper, particular emphasis was placed on the submissions from and meetings with the county authorities and major cities.