The Meråker Line as well as E14 in Norway are necessary links in the Mid Nordic Corridor. There is a need of further development and investments both for railway and road in this part of the region. In order to avoid a bottleneck effect in the corridor regional economical studies for Meråker Line and E14 Norway will concretize and prioritize investment plans for both objects.
The Norwegian National Rail Administration has in 2010 made feasibility study concerning a future electrification and modernisation of the Meråker line. The study was made in co-operation with the Swedish Rail Administration.
The regional economic study (activity 3.1. , March 2012) gives "hard facts" of what tangible improvement of the Meråker Line and E14 (Hell/Stjördal — Storlien), in a short and long time perspective influences business/industry, population development, settlement patterns, services and education facilities. Road and railway maintenance are also included in the study, and it takes into consideration both goods and passenger transports. It is important that the benefits for all types of transports are observed as they (like the most other investments in infrastructure) will be needed to motivate the investments.
The study is of value not only to Mid Nordic Region and the Mid Nordic Corridor but also to the entire Baltic Sea Region.
PP 20 Norwegian National Rail Administration and
PP8 Swedish Transport Administration
• Studies for Norwegian National Transport Plan 2014-2023 (Stamnettutredninger for Nasjonal TransportPlan):
• Elektrifisering av Meråkerbanen: http://www.jernbaneverket.no/no/Nyheter/Nyhetsarkiv/2009/Elektrifisering-av-Merakerbanen-utredes/
• Meråker Line in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer%C3%A5ker_Line