Heavy rain closed roads

The skies opened up and rain poured down on areas all over Southern Norway on Sunday, following some welcome showers last week, too. The deluge that hit during the weekend, though, disrupted traffic after it flooded roads including the E6 highway south from Oslo. Motorists found themselves stuck in a traffic jam that extended for […]

MPs hang on to free parking

Oslo city politicians have been ruthlessly cracking down on the use of private cars in the Norwegian capital by hiking tolls into town, removing parking spaces, raising the fees of what parking is left and closing entire streets to vehicular traffic. Members of Parliament, however, aren’t giving up their parking privileges in the underground garage […]

Holiday traffic resulted in delays

Norway’s long pinse holiday weekend ended Monday afternoon with lots of major traffic back-ups on highways like the E18 and E6 around Oslo, and with several traffic accidents. News bureau NTB reported that the slowest routes were on the E18 from Kragerø towards Porsgrunn, as holidaymakers headed home from a sunny weekend on Norway’s southern […]

Speed traps halted hundreds

Norwegian police warned they’d be setting up speed controls all over the country this week, but not everyone got the message. A total of 799 drivers were stopped and fined on the spot after being caught exceeding the speed limit. “This is a high number,” Roar Skjelbred Larsen of the state highway patrol told Norwegian […]

Several cities report bad air quality

Icy streets and sidewalks during the winter prompted city maintenance crews to strew them with lots of gravel and sand so they wouldn’t be so slippery. That, combined with a lack of rain in recent weeks, has sent air quality levels up to “red alert” levels in several Norwegian cities, including Oslo. The pollution wasn’t […]

Transport minister meets ‘train wreck’

Ketil Solvik-Olsen has long been one of the conservative government’s most popular ministers, but he’s suddenly meeting the proverbial train wreck. Not only does a train strike loom this week, major plans and funding for train and road improvements reportedly are about to derail. The affable Olsen has been on the defensive since newspaper Aftenposten […]

65 tunnels to close at night

Highway officials were warning of traffic disruptions in Western Norway when around 65 tunnels will be closed at night over the next several years for required upgrades. Several are on some of the most heavily trafficked roads around Bergen, including the E16 and E39 highways. “This will cause some great challenges for motorists,” Helge Eidsnes, […]

Oslo threatened to ban all ‘fossil’ cars

UPDATED: The City of Oslo, under state orders to beef up plans for cutting emissions in the Norwegian capital, was reportedly considering a ban Thursday morning on all vehicles fueled by both gasoline (petrol) and diesel by 2024. The goal is to improve air quality in the city that’s ringed by hills on three sides, […]

Avalanche danger high as new storm rolls in

Norwegians traveling around Southern Norway during this holiday week were being warned not only of ongoing avalanche danger in the mountains but dangerous combinations of rain and snow on roads as well. Up to 20 centimeters of snow was expected to fall on Østlandet (the southeast) during the course of Thursday. Avalanche warnings were posted […]

Politicians shamed into closing garage

Unpopular politicians at Oslo’s City Hall have been removing or taxing street parking while having access to free parking themselves at City Hall’s own garage. After a rash of public protests, City Council members from the Labour, Greens and Socialist Left parties now say they intend to start imposing parking fees on themselves and may […]