MPs Propose Trains in Iceland

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MPs Propose Trains in Iceland

Twelve MPs from all parties, except the Liberal Party, submitted a parliamentary resolution at Althingi yesterday, proposing that Minister of Transport Kristján Möller investigates the feasibility of establishing a train system in the capital region.

The group proposes, on the one hand, train transport between Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík, and on the other, a light rail transit within the capital region, DV reports.

“Iceland is a virgin in train transport,” said Stefán Hand, pilot and the chairman of the Iceland Train Association, a group of people campaigning for a train system in Iceland. “It is our vision. We are not trying to make a fortune.”

The Train Association has contacted experts in train transport, like Norwegian engineers who designed the train connection between Oslo and Gardemoen International Airport.

Apparently, Iceland is attractive to foreign professionals in this field, because the latest technology can be applied to the train system. It doesn’t have to be integrated with an older system because there have never been trains in Iceland.

The parliamentary resolution was submitted following a competition for the best idea on urban development in the Vatnsmýrin neighborhood in Reykjavík. The winning proposal includes a train to the airport and, in fact, only two of the 136 entries did not.

Click here to read more about the winning proposal for Vatnsmýrin.