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 […]

Complaints pile up over ‘el-scooters’

Critics claim they’re ‘littering the landscape,’ being dumped into the fjord and often driven recklessly with police unable to take much punitive action. As more so-called “electric kick scooters” hit the streets and sidewalks of Oslo, calls are rising for more control over them. Police were able to take action against one new operator last […]

Road tolls threaten the government

It couldn’t have been the happiest of birthdays for Progress Party leader and Finance Minister Siv Jensen, who turned 50 on Saturday. Not only has she had to deal with a string of errant party colleagues in government, now she faces a road toll rebellion that may collide head on with her government colleagues and […]

More trains from Norway to Sweden

After months of criticism over poor train transport among the Scandinavian countries, some new routes have been announced. A new departure from Oslo to Gothenburg will be added in December. The additional route, starting December 15, will bring daily departures up from three to four on weekdays, and from two to three during the weekends, […]

Electric kick scooter kicks up a fuss

Suddenly it seems like they’re everywhere in Oslo. Along with the arrival of spring has come a wave of new elsparksykler (electric kick scooters), and they’re not entirely welcome. Several blind people have already been mowed down by careless operators, while others have tripped over those left parked in the middle of city sidewalks. Norway’s national […]

NSB teased in April Fool’s Day jokes

A few Norwegian transport operators celebrated April Fool’s Day on Monday by claiming they were changing their names – all in a humorous jab at state railway NSB, which really is changing its name in an expensive move many wish was a joke. Norwegian media, meanwhile, have largely dropped their tradition of publishing fictional April […]

Truck collision left young man dead

A collision earlier this winter between a car and a large truck on slippery roads in Northern Norway set off a national debate over commercial vehicles that aren’t well-enough equipped for winter driving conditions. Now the young man in the car has died from the serious injuries he sustained in the collision. The death of […]

Costs pile up for Norwegian Air

With its large fleet of now-grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, Norwegian Air suddenly faces highly uncertain operations and more financial concerns in the months ahead. Securities analysts in Norway are worried about the airline’s market value and unforeseen costs that may amount to as much as NOK 15 million per day. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]