Passengers were stranded all around the Oslo area Thursday morning, because of a signal error inside the tunnel between Oslo’s central station and the National Theather station. That halted all westbound trains into Oslo and disrupted routes system-wide.
“It meant that very many trains were cancelled in a big circle around downtown Oslo,” a spokesman for the state-run train line Vy (former NSB) told state broadcaster NRK. Trains heading into the city from all directions had to stop at Asker, Skøyen, Ski or Lillestrøm.
Repairs were made by 10am, but it took a while before lines started running. The situation was made worse by a lack of bus service to replace train travel. A 10-day long bus strike was settled early Thursday morning, but buses weren’t due to start running again until noon.