After months of criticism over poor train transport among the Scandinavian countries, some new routes have been announced. A new departure from Oslo to Gothenburg will be added in December.
The additional route, starting December 15, will bring daily departures up from three to four on weekdays, and from two to three during the weekends, according to Norwegian state railway Vy (formerly NSB).
Environmental organizations along with the Greens Party (MDG) and the Socialist Left party (SV) have been among those complaining about the lack of train service between Norwegian and Swedish cities. The trouble continues for those trying to get to the European continent or beyond by train, at a time when flying is seen as a distinctly climate-unfriendly option.
Newspaper Dagsavisen recently wrote about how it takes Oslo resident Aled Dilwyn-Fisher at least two days to travel from Oslo to visit his family in Wales. Arne Fosen of Vy responded that the new train departures will provide better connections from Gothenburg on to Helsingborg, Malmö and Copenhagen, and on to other destinations in Europe.