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Travel chaos in southern Norway continues

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Travel chaos in southern Norway continues
Travel across southern Norway is disrupted on Tuesday. Issues are expected to ease throughout the day. Pictured is the number 11 tram in Oslo during winter. Photo by Hyunwon Jang on Unsplash

Drivers in southern Norway have been asked to avoid driving if possible, roads are closed, trains and ferries are cancelled and buses in Oslo face delays as travel issues continued in southern Norway on Wednesday.


An orange weather warning for snow is in place until Wednesday evening, and travel issues continued in southern Norway on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, motorists in Agder County were asked by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to avoid driving. The public was also told to check traffic updates on the Norwegian Public Roads Administration's website.

Agder has been the county worst affected by travel issues. Some 2,700 residents were without electricity on Wednesday morning, schools across the county were closed, and police and the home guard were called to dig people trapped in their houses by heavy snowfall.

All trains on the Sørlands Railway between Kristiansand and Oslo were cancelled on Wednesday. Due to road issues, no alternative forms of travel were arranged.

"The weather is also causing problems on the roads and alternative transport will therefore not be set up for the affected departures. We cannot risk being in a situation where we cannot carry out an evacuation. The safety of our passengers and employees always comes first," train firm Go Ahead Norway wrote.

All buses in Kristiansand were cancelled on Wednesday, too. Local authorities said they hoped to run some services for the evening rush hour. 

Color Line also cancelled all its ferries between Norway and Denmark.


The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has warned that it may close the entire stretch of the E18 in Agder on Wednesday. Before midday it closed at Gaupemyrkrysset in Lillesand, Agder, in the direction of Arendal. 

Several roads were also closed on Wednesday morning.

The E134 Haukelifjell, the RV7 over Hardangervidda, FV 450 Hunnedalsveien, Fv450 Rotemo, and Highway 50 Hol-Aurland were all closed, in addition to several small side roads in Agder.

In Oslo, issues with buses persisted on Wednesday. Bus routes 74, 21, 31, 30, 28, 34, 54 and 37 are affected. The reason for the continued problems in Oslo is buses being repaired after snowy weather in recent days.


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