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More Money to Roads and Fewer Road Fatalities

The total expenditure spent on public roads constituted NOK 21.9 billion. This was an increase of NOK 465 million from 2010. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration invested NOK 9.7 billion last year; only slightly lower than in 2010.

Total expenditure 2006-2011. NOK billion

More than 480 man-years in one year

The total number of man-years in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration adjusted for long-term leave increased by 482 or 8.9 per cent from 2010 to 5 900 in 2011. As a comparison, the statistics for the central government show a corresponding increase of 2.5 per cent. Compared to other transport and communication services within the central government, the increase in man-years in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is not abnormal. For example, the Norwegian National Rail Administration experienced an increase in employment of 8.2 per cent in 2011.

19 per cent fewer killed in road traffic accidents

Transport security is one of the four main goals in the Norwegian National Transport plan 2010-2019. As a step towards the “zero vision”, the government’s mid-term goal is below 950 people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents by 2014. This goal was, however, reached in 2010, when 922 people were killed or seriously injured. The positive trend continued in 2011, with 847 people killed or seriously injured; a decrease of 8 per cent from the year before. A total of 168 people were killed in road traffic in 2011. This was a decrease of 19 per cent from 2010, and the lowest fatality figure since 1953 (163 killed).

More seat belt inspections and more people using seat belts

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration carried out 1 027 000 seat belt inspections in 2011; about 80 000 more than the year before. In the period 2007 to 2009, about 632 000 inspections were carried out on average each year.

According to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s action programme for the period 2010 to 2013, the goal for 2014 is an increase in the use of seat belts to 92 per cent and 95 per cent within built-up areas and outside such areas respectively. The statistics for 2011 reveal a share of 92.7 and 94.8 per cent. This was an increase from 2010 of 2 percentage points in the use of seat belts within built-up areas and a 1 percentage point increase outside built-up areas.

Almost 51 kilometres more of public roads with physically separated lanes

A total of 31.2 kilometres of central barriers were built on two and three-lane state roads in 2011. Including 19.3 kilometres of four-lane state roads opened to traffic this year, there was an overall increase of 50.5 kilometres in state roads with physically separated lanes established in 2011.

Less emissions of NOx

Preliminary estimates indicate that the total emissions of greenhouse gases from road traffic constituted 10.1 million tonnes measured in CO2 equivalents in 2011; the same as in 2010. The emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from road traffic came to 35 300 tonnes; a reduction from 2009 and 2010 by 12.7 and 5.3 per cent respectively.

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