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Europe’s longest Bus Rapid Transit system is under way


Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA) has just submitted a detailed concept design for the ambitious public infrastructure project ‘Bussveien’ (The Bus Route) in and around Stavanger in Norway. The Bussveien project is a so-called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, where trolleybuses run in a dedicated lane. The BRT system combines the high capacity and speed of the tram with the flexibility and lower capital expenditure of the bus. Bussveien will be about 50 kilometres and have 86 stops. The project is slated for completion around 2021.

A modular design concept

GPA’s winning proposal, the modular design concept ‘Den Røde Tråden’ (The Common Thread) which provides one integrated solution for the stops and all technical installations, has now been submitted to the clients as a concept design. The concept is based on a few well-conceived ideas and clever detailing – discreet enough to fit in at many locations and sufficiently distinctive to be recognizable as parts of Bussveien.

The modular geometry is also reflected in the furniture, surfaces and catenary masts, and it constitutes a visual reference to punctuality and precision. The lengths of shelters and platforms may be adapted to the expected numbers of passengers to and from any given stops. In this way, local adaptations become part of the general image and variations are created within the framework of the overall design.  

Easy access for all passenger groups is a key priority of the project. Other priorities include straightforward layout and an environment engendering a sense of security among all users with the aid of a simple spatial hierarchy and good lighting. Mixed-mode commuting is supported by providing well integrated bicycle parking facilities at the ends of platforms.

Rogaland County Council and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Region West are the clients on the project.