Norway unable to find contractor for new rest area
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The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has revealed it is yet to receive any offers for a public tender concerning the construction and operation of a rest area on the E6 motorway between Oslo and Moss.
The tender was issued a month ago, but nobody has come forward so far. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has thus expressed its concern and disappointment given the need for more HGV driver facilities in the country.
“Is there really nobody who sees this as an interesting source of income? Or have we not reached out to relevant providers?,” asked Siv Kilskar, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s contract coordinator, who spoke to Tungt.no.
Kilskar added that the Norwegian Public Roads Administration would be going out of its way to promote the tender and encourage interested parties to submit bids.
The tender concerns the construction and operation of a 24-hour rest area on the E6 between Moss and Oslo. Kilskar believes the tender could interest companies who operate petrol stations, restaurants or hotels.
The road on which the rest area is to be constructed has around 3,200 HGVs travelling on it each day. It is estimated there is a need for 180-220 parking spaces on this particular stretch of the E6.
According to the conditions of the tender, the rest area must be open for 24 hours a day, be no more than 2km from the motorway, and contain a service building with sanitary facilities.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has acknowledged there is a need for more facilities, and that a lack of rest areas is problematic for both drivers and others. It is therefore hopeful that offers will be forthcoming.
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