Political strike halts trains nationwide

Railway employees all over Norway walked off the job for two hours on Thursday, to protest implementation of the latest package of EU rules and requirements. The strike not only brought all train traffic to a standstill but was also expected to lead to cancellations and delays throughout the day. Members of employees’ organizations Norsk Lokomotiv-mannsforbund […]

Digital driver’s license crashes

So many Norwegians wanted to obtain Norway’s new digital driver’s license on Tuesday that they ended up overloading and crashing the state highway department’s system for getting one. They were urged to be patient. “Demand has been very high,” Bodil Rønning Dreyer, director of the highway department (Statens vegvesen), told state broadcaster NRK. She said […]

Minister keen to curb foreign tour buses

It may take time, says Transport Minister Jon Georg Dale of the conservative Progress Party, but he’s keen to regulate foreign tour buses more strongly and actively. Opposition Center Party politicians claim it’s a “great shame” that the government hasn’t done more to help Norwegian bus drivers who can’t compete against the cheaper foreign competition […]

Solberg wards off government crisis

Prime Minister Erna Solberg finally got her three government coalition partners to agree late Friday night on a new compromise for financing transport improvements. The plan aims to reduce the need for local governments to impose more controversial bompenger (road tolls),  after months of noisy public opposition to higher tolls all over the country.  The […]

Foreign bus invasion rolls over Norway

Norway’s summer tourist season is far from over, even though most Norwegians are back in school and at work. Along with the hordes of foreign tourists still in the country this summer are foreign tour buses that are all but driving Norwegian tour bus operators off the roads. Newspaper Aftenposten reported recently about all the […]

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. […]