Transit trouble after T-bane derailed

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Commuters in the Oslo area faced even more challenges than normal on Wednesday, after a metro train known as the T-bane derailed at the Tøyen station. Service wasn’t expected to be fully restored until Thursday.

Service was disrupted on Oslo's T-bane transit system Wednesday. PHOTO: Views and News

The T-bane disruption comes on top of delays and cancellations on train lines and a number of accidents related to slippery roads in the current period of extremely cold weather. With temperatures dipping to minus-18C in some areas of metropolitan Oslo, commuters weren’t pleased by the prospect of long waits on train platforms, or for taxis.

Officials of the T-bane system couldn’t say what caused two carriages to run off the track in the underground station at Tøyen, just east of Oslo’s Central Station (Jernbanetoget). The derailment, though, initially halted all service and all traffic between the Helsfyr and Stortinget stations was due to remain closed until Thursday.

Service was eventually restored on western and eastern lines into either Helsfyr or Stortinget, where trains turned around again. Bjørn Rydmark, spokesman for Oslo T-banedrift, advised commuters to transfer to bus and tram lines. Taxis disappeared quickly Wednesday morning, when demand was heaviest.

Rydmark said an investigation into the derailment, which occurred just before 6am, was underway. There were no injuries.

Views and News staff