The high-speed rail line would bring very strong economic growth along the entire Oslo to Gothenburg corridor, resulting in structural changes in the region and a better future for its citizens. It will have key impacts on population growth, working hours, productivity, imports, exports, private and public consumption, investments and GDP. The table shows estimated key impacts of Skagerrakbanan compared to Sweden on average.
Fast connections between Sweden and Norway will create conditions for economic growth as a result of better accessibility. A new high-speed rail line will form several new labour market regions, which will have a major impact on the Oslo area and Bohus County with significant relocation and economic growth in the area.
Growth is also a guarantee of greater material welfare and prosperity for citizens. Without growth and Skagerrakbanan, future conditions in the region would be considerably worse, and more people will need to move to big cities to secure jobs, prosperity and a share in growth.
According to estimates made using forecasting instruments, increased business activity, equivalent to SEK 400 billion will lead to major economic development for all of Bohus and Østfold Counties.
The region’s enlargement and its link to transportation will improve market conditions for commerce and the hospitality industry. At the same time, it will benefit individual geographical mobility and ultimately, the material welfare of all.
A complete Gothenburg–Oslo transport corridor would include the Bohus, Dalsland and Østfold Lines, the new Skagerrakbanan high-speed rail connection, the E6 motorway and all the ports between Gothenburg and Oslo.
This approach to transportation and modes of transport also underpins the greater whole whose achievement is necessary for the fulfilment of the EU’s intentions for Skagerrak as part of its transport eco-system.