Commuters and public transport officials in Bergen were frustrated and furious on Thursday after the city’s still-new tram system known as Bybanen stopped operating once again. Local transport director Oddmund Sylta demanded a full evaluation from those operating the system on behalf of the city.
“It has been a hectic morning,” Sylta told state broadcaster NRK. “Most irritating is the fact that we have delivered what we should have to Bybanen’s faithful commuters.”
The problem this time was the “collapse” of the subcontractor Bybanen AS’ operating base at Kokstad. That left the trams standing still throughout the morning, with no means of communication among them or to passengers.
“As far as I know, this is the first time the entire Bybane systme has been out of operation for so long,” Sylta said. Trams finally started running again shortly before noon.