Bergen-Oslo train line reopens

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The popular train line known as Bergensbane reopened on Monday, sooner than had been expected following the damage it sustained in a rockslide near Voss early last week.

Inge Hjertaas of state railroad Jernbaneverket said the railroad was acutely aware that the forced closure of the line was a major problem for transport over the mountains, for both people and cargo. Passengers were transferred to bus service, while cargo trains claimed they were losing millions because of the disruption in rail traffic.

Hjertaas said a quicker means of building up the foundation under the tracks that were affected by the major slide meant that train service could resume at noon on Monday. He thanked the crews that he said had worked day and night to get the line open again. staff