What you need to know about Oslo’s nighttime metro closures in February

Parts of Oslo's T-bane metro system will close during the evening for five days a week throughout much of February and March.

Pictured is the entrance to one of Oslo's metro stations.
Parts of the metro in Oslo will close after 9pm five days a week for around seven weeks. Pictured is one of Oslo's metro stations. Photo by Nikita Barskov on Unsplash

From Sunday, February 6th, metro traffic at some of Oslo’s busiest stations will stop during the evening for around seven weeks, newspaper Aftenposten reports.

The disruption will be split into two periods. The first round of night closures will begin on February 6th, when all metro traffic between Majorstuen and Stortinget (Norway’s parliament) will stop after 9pm. This means that the metro will also not pass through Nationaltheatret station. This first round of nighttime closures applies to all metro lines.

The evening closures will take place between Sundays and Thursdays, with normal service resuming on Fridays and Saturdays. The reason for the disruption is routine maintenance work.

The second round of disruption will last for more than four weeks, from February 27th until March 24th. During this second period of evening closures, trains will no longer run between Jernbanetorget and Brynseng after 9pm. This will apply to lines 1,2, 3 and 4. In addition, Tøyen, Ensjø and Helsfyr will also be closed when travelling on the affected lines.

On the days that nighttime closures apply, alternative transport will be arranged by having more trams. Increased departures will be provided on the 11 line and a new tram route 15 will run from Majorstuen to Jernbanetorget via Frogner.

 A bus replacement service will also operate during the second round of closures starting at Jernbanetorget before stopping at Tøyen, Ensjø and Helsfyr and terminating at Brynseng.

The number 17 tram and 31 bus will also have more services for travellers to Carl Berners Square.

More information about alternative arrangements will be provided before the closures via Ruter’s travel planner.

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Oslo shooting suspect remanded in custody for four weeks

The suspect behind a weekend shooting in Oslo that left two dead and 21 wounded was remanded in custody for four weeks on Monday.

Oslo shooting suspect remanded in custody for four weeks

Zaniar Matapour will have no contact with the outside world until July 25, Oslo District Court ruled. The 43-year-old is accused of killing two men and wounding 21 other people when he opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo in the early hours of Saturday morning, amid celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

Norway’s domestic intelligence service has described the attack as “an act of Islamist terrorism” and said Matapour had “difficulties with his mental health.” Norwegian police said they were still investigating Matapour’s motive.

He has been charged with “terrorist acts”, murder and attempted murder, but has so far refused to be interrogated by police. According to his lawyer, he fears investigators will manipulate video recordings of his questioning.

Matapour, a Norwegian of Iranian origin, will undergo a preliminary psychiatric evaluation to help determine the state of his mental health and whether he can be held legally responsible for his actions.

He had been known to Norway’s PST intelligence service since 2015, with concerns about his radicalisation and membership of “an extremist Islamist network”.

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Police said they were examining several possible theories, including an attack motivated by ideology, unstable mental health, a hate crime against the LGBTQ community, or a combination of factors.

The PST said it did not pick up on any “violent intent” when its services interviewed him last month.

Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl said there would be a review into the police and PST’s handling of the case.

Nordic ministers visited the site of the attack on Monday, saying in a joint statement that they “stand together with the LGBTI community and against all forms of violence”.

Oslo’s Pride parade, which had been scheduled to take place for the first time in three years due to the Covid pandemic, has been postponed indefinitely.