Rewarding Traffic Reduction

Stikkord: Areal og transport, kollektivtransport, bilbruk, Kristiansand

The Government has rewarded the Kristiansand region with NOK 285 million to reduce car traffic.

The Government has rewarded the Kristiansand region with NOK 285 million to reduce car traffic.

“To strengthen public transport and improve the environment in the big cities, it is necessary with contributions that really make a difference. This award, the first in its kind, is contributing to this,” says State Secretary Erik Lahnstein.

 

“The Kristiansand region has presented an overall plan that includes both the strengthening of public transport and measures that reduce car usage. This is a recipe that gives results,” says Lahnstein.

The annual sum is divided like this: 2009: NOK 80 million, 2010: NOK 80 million, 2011: NOK 65 million and in 2012: NOK 60 million.

For Public Transport

Kristiansand municipality is continuing with restrictive measures. Among other things they are thinking about introducing a congestion charge. According to Lahnstein it is a decisive point for the Government that this region has committed itself to carry out necessary measures, restrictive ones included.

The «Award for Improved Public Transport and Reduction of Car Use in the Cities» was established in 2006 awarding city areas carrying out measures reducing the growth in car use. This capital will be used on measures that improve public transport.

Greener Cities

“The Government is interested in speeding up the process to make transport greener. This is why we give stronger support to those local politicians who plan ahead and choose a greener path, despite all the difficulties, to create nicer and greener cities,” says Lahnstein.