Between 2000 and 2010 the population of the Oslo region grew by 200 000, and prognostics suggest that the growth continues at the same rate. Housing prices in Oslo pushes the growth out along the three axes; the Gardemoen corridor, the East (Østfold) corridor and the West (Buskerud-Vestfold) corridor.
Currently a new dual track high speed railway is being built. Both rails and station are being built inside the Homestrand mountain side. In addition to the two entry points at the foot of the cliff, a third entrance is being constructed on top of a 70m elevator, connecting to the suburban residential areas upon the plateau above the old urban centre. These works represent an investment of 5 500 000 000 NOK, the equivalent of 1 1/2 new national operabuilding, in public transport – in a town that currently counts 10 000 inhabitants.
The facility will bring large suburban areas within 10-15 walking distance of the station. It will reduce the traveling time between Oslo and Holmestrand to 45 minutes while also doubling the frequency of the trains.
Holmestrand’s house-and-work region will expand from currently covering 320 000 people to cover about 1 100 000 people in 25 years. That is an increase of 780 000people – not considering the regional population growth.
Which consequences will this have to Holmestrand?
The TOWN and RAIL project investigates the relationship between housing, public transport and sustainable urban development, raising questions such as:
How big is the window of possible growth?
How big should the growth be - from a regional perspective – from a local perspective – from an ecological perspective?
How can the development in Holmestrand be influenced, directed, enhanced, restricted?
Collaborating with Holmestrand Municipality, Holmestrand Chamber of Commerce, the Norwegian National Rail Administration, Norwegian University of Science and Technology has collected and visualized facts behind these questions for 6 months. The result is an exhibition in the old Cargo Building at the Holmestrand Station.
During 2 excursions by train from Oslo to Holmestrand the questions will be addressed by visitors, local politicians and planners. There will also be arranged visits to the tunnel and in the largest mountain hall in North Europe where the Rail Authorities are currently building the station. Detailed programs will be posted.
TOWN and TRAIN will be open from October 13th to November 30th.
13th of October: Exhibition opening 12:49
- Major of Holmestrand, Alf Johan Svele opens the exhibition
- Greetings from Oslo Architecture Triennale
- Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at NTNU, Fredrik Shetelig
the Norwegian National Rail Administration
13th and 27th of October: Triennale excursion Oslo-Holmestrand
- The train leaves Oslo S both days at 11:39. Return to Oslo by train from Holmestrand at 16:19. – Tickets are purchased as usual. Please see detailed programme for the excursions.
- The Norwegian National Rail Administration gives a guided tour of the mountain hall for registered visitors. Professor Ole Møystad at NTNU presents the exhibition at the information centre
- Town and Train – how do we think and how do we act? Presentation by the Major of Holmestrand, Alf Johan Svele
- Tour of the town, guided by the Major, the Head of business development and the town planner
- The visit is summed up during the trainride back to Oslo. Visitors are invited to give reactions and input to the municipality of Holmestrand
30th of November: last day of exhibition
Opening hours: Wednesdays 15:30-17:00, plus two Sundays of Triennale excursions and Saturdays subject to announcement.