Next train strike to threaten rush hour

Angry Norwegian railroad workers are threatening to halt Norway’s trains once again, if the government doesn’t postpone implementation of the latest package of EU rail directives. Now the striking workers aim to halt trains in the middle of an afternoon commuter rush period. A two-hour political strike last week halted trains all over the country, […]

Calls roll in for a train line to Tromsø

Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV) is calling “all aboard” for its proposal to build a long-sought train line to Tromsø in Northern Norway. The country’s train service currently terminates in Bodø, but the state railroad directorate has just concluded a study on extending it to Tromsø via Narvik. Called Nord-Norgebanen (NNB), the train line would […]

More train trouble strands passengers

Train service on lines west of Oslo ground to a halt on Friday for the fourth time in the past week, because of a lack of electrical power to railroad signal equipment. All service on the busy line between Skøyen in Oslo and Sandvika west of the city was suspended. The resulting lack of signals forced […]

Bankruptcy halts major projects

The bankruptcy last week of an Austrian construction firm is causing problems for some major road projects in Norway. Work stopped on the expansion of the E6 highway near Minnesund, for example, and on an E6 bridge near the northern city of Alta. The disruption of projects from the far north to the southern part […]

Flood repairs for a full year

The railroad between Oslo and Dombås needs repairs in 300 different spots following the massive flooding that hit the valley of Gudbrandsdalen in late May, according to state railroad Jernbaneverket. In one area, the gravel foundations under the rails have been washed away over a 300-meter stretch of the railway, a Jernbaneverket spokesman told Norwegian […]