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 […]

Critics try to derail NSB’s name change

Leaders of Norway’s state railway NSB ran into a torrent of angry opposition and criticism on Tuesday when they rolled out their proposal to combine rail and bus operations under a new name. Their marketing and image-building project will cost NOK 280 million, at a time when passengers have been suffering from over-packed trains and […]

Oslo lowering its speed limits

Signs went up again this week on major highways leading into and around downtown Oslo, posting “environmental speed limits” of just 60 kilometers per hour (36mph). Some city officials also want to lower the standard speed limit on all city streets to just 30kph (18mph), for both safety and environmental reasons. The goal on major […]

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 […]