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Land reserved for express train

Land has been reserved for an express train to Reykjavík from Iceland’s international airport in a new plan for Reykjanesbaer municipality on Reykjanes peninsula (made up of the towns Keflavík, Njardvík and Hafnir), valid until 2021.

“I believe it is natural that we reserve land for an express train from the international airport to the capital area. It is clear that it will happen,” Mayor of Reykjanesbaer Árni Sigfússon told Fréttabladid and added the train ride would only take 20 minutes.

Architects have begun working on the project and a first draft of the organization of the reserved land is being made.

Sigfússon said the idea about an express train is not new, but that until now it has been considered too expensive. “In light of the immense increase in passengers in the last few years I believe the terms have changed.”

“Currently two million passengers pass through Keflavík airport per year and that number is expected to double in the next few years. That is bound to influence feasibility studies,” Sigfússon said.

“It is always nice to hear the ideas of optimistic people. An express train has been mentioned before but never discussed formally,” Minister of Transport Sturla Bödvarsson commented.

“The widening of Reykjanesbraut [highway] will take care of transport between Sudurnes [the region where Reykjanesbaer is located] and the capital region for the next few years,” the minister added.

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