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Monday, July 22, 2024

More slick roads halt bus service

Warmer temperatures and a mixture of heavy snow and rain led to even more transport trouble in and around the Oslo area on Friday. Almost all bus service was cancelled in Oslo and suburban Bærum by mid-afternoon and there were lots of car and truck accidents all over southeastern Norway.

“It’s no longer responsible to have the buses out driving,” Cathrine Myhren-Haugen of public transport agency Ruter told state broadcaster NRK. “We must put safety first.” Commuters who made it into work Friday morning thus faced problems getting home, while many motorists were stuck in slow-moving traffic that included having to drive around various accidents, including a large stranded truck on the E16 highway south of Hønefoss. That’s a key route for anyone attempting to drive up to the mountains for the weekend.

Similar incidents snarled traffic at Rakkestad in Østfold, at Lier between Oslo and Drammen and in Sarpsborg near the Swedish border. Highway officials and state meteorologists issued another warning against driving, as forecasts called for another 10- to 15 centimeters of snow and sleet.

That added to a new record of weather warnings issued so far this winter, sparking complaints that there are too many “and it’s making us cowardly,” editorialized one small newspaper, Bygdeposten. “We don’t need to make people feel more helpless than they are.” Others, including doctors and nurses at Oslo’s emergency hospital Legevakten, welcome the warnings, though, claiming that they’ve resulted in far fewer broken bones from falls on the ice. staff



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