Road tolls can cost the state dearly

Finance Minister Siv Jensen’s Progress Party reignited the Norwegian government’s internal battle over bompenger (road tolls) on Sunday. The ongoing battle is still threatening to unravel Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative coalition, as confusion and uncertainty reign just weeks before local elections. It’s the local governments around Norway that actually set road tolls in their own […]

Trondheim parks el-scooter rentals

Officials in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim have become the first to respond to mounting concerns and complaints about electric kick scooters that have filled streets and sidewalks all over the country this summer. They’re prohibiting scooter rentals from September 1, until new safety regulations are in place. “We haven’t had rules for this […]

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 […]

Motor homes roll over roads, ferries

They’re everywhere this summer, the large recreational vehicles (RVs) known as bobiler in Norwegian. Never before have there been more of them rolling around Norway,  but their popularity is not shared by many others on road trips in Norway when they slow down traffic, block views at scenic vista points and take up lots of […]

Huge growth predicted for Dovre trains

The Swedish transport company SJ Norge is predicting as much as 45 percent passenger growth on the main train line between Trondheim and Oslo by 2030. Known as Dovrebanen, it runs over the Dovre Mountains and can attract both business and pleasure travelers with better and more frequent service. That’s what SJ Norge is promising. […]

New chief takes the helm at Norwegian

It’s official: Bjørn Kjos stepped down as chief executive of Norwegian Air on Thursday and handed over all operating responsibility to finance director Geir Karlsen, who immediately took over as acting CEO. Kjos claims he isn’t retiring, though, from the airline he founded nearly 20 years ago. “I won’t become a pensionist,” Kjos said at […]

Agreement struck on new metro line

The counties of Oslo and Akershus have agreed on financing for a long-planned public transport line between Oslo and the redeveloped Fornebu area west of the capital, which was dominated by Oslo’s former airport. The line was intially viewed as light-rail line, but now will be part of Oslo’s metro system that extends into Bærum […]

Swedes win rights to major train lines

Norway’s much-criticized state railway, recently ridiculed when it changed its name to Vy, has now lost the rights to run seven train lines including the main line between Oslo and Trondheim (Dovrebanen) and the country’s most northerly line (Nordlandsbanen). Sweden’s SJ Norge won the new state contract to take over responsibility for passenger transport, also on […]

Blast ‘tragic’ for hydrogen vehicles

A major explosion at a hydrogen filling station west of Oslo on Monday has forced the shutdown of the few other such facilities currently to be found in Norway. That’s causing major problems for all owners of hydrogen vehicles, and for efforts to cut carbon emissions in the transport sector. “This is just tragic,” Ulf […]

Government intact, at least for now

“We have received very clear marching orders,” Progress Party leader and Finance Minister Siv Jensen said late Wednesday, while confirming that her party will remain as a member of Norway’s conservative government coalition. She avoided  a government crisis, but still needs to deliver cuts in the country’s road tolls. “We had a good but quite […]