Data trouble halted Oslo’s metro system

After standing still for around two hours Wednesday morning, the Oslo area’s sprawling metro system (T-bane) finally began rolling around 11am but trouble remained and delays continued. Metro officials at operating agency Sporveien claimed there was no indication the system was hit by a cyber attack. “There’s nothing suggesting that now,” Sporveien spokesman Cato Asperud […]

Oslo orders trams for next 40 years

Oslo rolled out plans for its next generation of trams this week, amidst claims that trams are part of the city’s identity. The electrified system of getting around is driven, claims one economist, by pure city patriotism. Oslo has had electric trollies since they were invented as a replacement for the old horse-drawn carriages that […]

Future uncertain for historic stadium

None of their Norwegian athletic heroes won Thursday night, but local sports fans nontheless filled Oslo’s iconic Bislett Stadium for the annual Diamond League event known as Bislett Games. Now its future is in doubt, because of a lengthy construction project needed to expand Oslo’s metro system right under the stadium. Around 15,000 spectators clapped and […]

First self-driving bus ready to roll

Norway’s transport ministry has approved a route for the country’s first self-driving bus. It’s due to start carrying commuters between Stavanger and the Forus office complex in Sandnes in June. Norwegian law still doesn’t allow vehicles without human drivers to operate on local roads, so the bus will have an employee from local transit service […]

Oslo residents walking more

Many have done it for years, but new figures show that more Oslo residents are now walking to work, to the store and other destinations than ever before. Fewer and fewer are using their cars within the city. “They don’t have any organization and don’t make any noise, but walking is nonetheless the second-most-used mode […]

Road tolls going up again in Oslo

Drivers of gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles recently saw road tolls into Oslo jump to NOK 49 (USD 6.40), and higher if driving in from the west. Now they daily face tolls of as much as NOK 160, while owners of electric cars will be charged for the first time as well, albeit much less. A […]

Train improvements face major delays

Just before train service between Kristiansand and Stavanger ground to a halt on Tuesday, because of communication problems, came confirmation that long-anticipated improvents in and around the Oslo area face lengthy delays. The state railroad directorate backs postponement of double-track construction despite angry reaction from commuters and local politicians. No trains were running at all […]

Kirkenes welcomes new train line from Finland

“This is a big day,” the mayor in Norway’s northern city of Kirkenes, Rune Rafaelsen, proclaimed after transport authorities in Finland said they want to move forward with plans for cargo train service between Rovaniemi and Kirkenes. They view Kirkenes as the best potential port for ongoing shipping routes through the Northeast Passage between Europe […]

Commuters win apology for chaos

“We’re very sorry,” the chief executive of Norway’s state railway NSB claimed after he was called into the office of Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen this week. Solvik-Olsen wanted an explanation for a recent wave of train cancellations, delays and overcrowing on those still running, but no quick solutions were forthcoming. NSB boss Geir Isaksen was […]

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 […]