Commuters plagued by train delays

Tens of thousands of commuters in the Oslo area have had a rough week. State railroad Bane NOR hasn’t been able to provide them with reliable service, with half of all trains running late during the rush hours. Bane NOR blames bad weather, technical problems and the loss of the use of a double-track. When […]

Highway workers may lose their jobs

Fully 1,650 jobs at Norway’s state highway department (Statens vegvesen) may disappear as a result of cost cuts. A total of 7,824 people work in the department nationwide at present. At stake is a forced reorganization aimed at cutting NOK 1.7 billion from the budget. It would affect 20 percent of the highway department’s staff. […]

Fire, explosions closed metro stations

A fire that broke out in one of the Oslo metro system’s main tunnels during the night set off explosions that also caused damage at the public transport hub at Helsfyr on the city’s east side. Metro (T-bane) stations at Helsfyr, Ensjø and Løren were all closed Monday morning, making it difficult for tens of […]

Electric ‘city cars’ getting ready to roll

Scores of identical small electric cars have been neatly parked for the past week or so on property owned by state railway NSB in Oslo. They’re ready to be shared among Oslo residents who’ll soon be able to borrow them when needed, as NSB breaks into a new market that can compete with taxis and discourage […]

Rockslides threaten famed ‘Trollstigen’

After years of fears that a nearby mountain may come crashing down, geologists and state highway officials have turned their attention to one of Norway’s most well-known highways. “Trollstigen” now appears far more vulnerable to land-and rockslides than earlier thought. “The risk of slides exceeds acceptable risk,” according to a new report delivered to the […]

Two big unions merge

Leaders of two of Norway’s largest labour unions have agreed to merge. Together they will represent around 160,000 workers in the transport, construction, hotel, restaurant and automobile sectors. Fellesforbundet was already Norway’s second-largest trade union federation, with around 140,000 members. It was established in 1988 when the Norwegian iron and metalworkers’ union merged with the […]

Oslo politician wants to lower speed limit

Oslo’s controversial politician in charge of environmental and transport issues is continuing her drive to tax motorists, this time targeting their patience instead of their wallets. Lan Marie Berg of the Greens Party wants to roll back the speed limit on all city streets to just 30kph (18mph). “The lower speed limit will make the […]

Road toll plazas vandalized

Three of the new toll plazas set to open around the Stavanger area on Monday were out of order, following severe vandalism during the weekend. Opposition to new and much higher tolls from October 1 has been strong, and police reported a “systematic and organized” pattern to the vandalism that came just a day before […]

Oslo residents love their trams

Even though they can occasionally get stuck in traffic and are restricted to rails, an overwhelming majority of Oslo residents love their trams known as trikken. The system is now being expanded and all its older trams will eventually be replaced. A new survey conducted by research firm Kandar/TNS for the public transit agency Sporveien […]

State sympathetic to road toll fury

New Transport Minister Jon Georg Dale summoned all local mayors in the Stavanger area to an emergency meeting on Monday, to address an uproar among motorists against more and higher road tolls from October 1. He’s open to changes in the new “toll ring” around the area, but local mayors weren’t entirely agreeable. Dale, who […]