Metro in Norway’s capital crowned ‘best’ in Europe according to new study

The metro in Oslo has been named the 'best' in Europe according to a study compiled by American experts Excel Pest Services.

A woman waiting for the metro in Oslo, Norway.
A woman waiting for the metro in Oslo, Norway. Photo: Boris K. Pexels

The study looked at a range of data across metro systems in Europe and North America; from accessibility, cleanliness, air quality to traveller satisfaction.

Boston’s subway came out on top overall, while Oslo’s metro came first across Europe, followed by London’s tube and Berlin’s U-Bahn.

Oslo’s air cleanliness whilst travelling was ranked highest overall, with an air quality index of 4, compared to the study’s average of 41.

The air quality report was collected from IQAir, and looked at the average air quality, including airborne particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10).

Cleanliness whilst travelling was also stand out point for Oslo’s metro system with the third best rate across Europe and North America.

Customer satisfaction was also high in Oslo, with 52 percent of online reviews for the metro being five star.

At the end of May, parts of Oslo’s metro will close for around two weeks, with bus replacement services scheduled. 

Between May 26th and June 6th, parts of the number two, three and four T-bane lines will close and be replaced with a bus replacement service. 

The closures are due to Sporveien wishing to carry out work on tunnels and bridges on the sections of the t-bane, which will be closed. 

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TRANSPORT: What you need to know about Oslo’s Fornebu line

After months of uncertainty, a new metro line between Majorstuen and Fornebu has been given the green light to go ahead by Oslo City Council and Viken County Council. Here’s what residents need to know about the T-bane link. 

TRANSPORT: What you need to know about Oslo’s Fornebu line

A new metro line between Majortstuen in Oslo and Fornebu in Bærum, just west of Oslo, has been given the green light, ending uncertainty over its future for the time being. 

Earlier this year, the project faced the axe due to spiralling costs, which saw the estimated price tag of the new metro line rise by 7 billion kroner. 

Oslo’s newest T-bane line will be the most significant investment in the metro system since the 60s or 70s, according to Sirin Stav from Oslo City Council. 

Since the airport at Fornebu closed in 1998, several links between the peninsula and the city centre have been pitched. 

The new 8-kilometre-long metro line will cost more than 31.0 billion kroner to complete. 

Construction on the project has already begun, and six new underground stations will be built. These are Skøyen, Vækerø, Lysaker, Fornebuporten, Flytårnet and Fornebu Senter. Plans will also see Majorstuen Metro Station upgraded. 

Fornebu, the former site of Oslo Airport, is home to a business park, shopping and residential areas. There are plans to build more than 11,000 new homes in the area and create 20,000 new jobs, according to Oslo Municipality

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Oslo Municipality hopes the new line will provide an eco-friendly and accessible route between Fornebu and the city centre. Current bus routes are usually pretty busy, leading to many people driving in and out of the former site of Oslo airport. 

The stop at Majorstuen will connect the new line with the existing metro network in Oslo. 

Despite construction already starting nearly two years ago, it is unlikely the new line will open before 2029. 

Financing for the project comes from the government, the municipality, landowners, and the Oslo Package 3 toll agreement. 

As a result of the project going ahead, tolls as part of the Oslo Package 3 agreement will rise by 40 percent. This will happen in two steps, the first from September, with the second rise coming on January 1st 2024.