Status for Bane NOR and the corona situation

Here is information for travellers, suppliers and partners about Bane NOR’s handling of the corona crisis and how rail transport is affected.

Photo from Oslo Central Station: Nicolas Tourrenc

The information below is correct as of 3 August 2020.
Please observe current official travel advice.

In guidelines issued by the Norwegian Directorate of Health, public and private transport companies are recommended to maintain a level of services which will ensure a distance of minimum one meter between passengers. Should this not be possible, transport companies shall carry out other infection control measures as stipulated by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

How rail transport is affected

Bane NOR has a coordination responsibility for train operating companies in the national joint effort to reduce the spread of the corona virus. Public transport is one of 15 functions defined as critical to society, which need to be upheld, and we are doing all we can to keep rail transport moving.

Bane NOR has continuity plans for handling a possible situation with a high percentage of sick leave among our staff. So far we have not encountered any problems manning functions critical to the movement of trains.

With a significantly lower number of travellers than usual, train operating companies chose to make some adjustments to train services earlier this year, but services are now returning to normal. Please find more information below.

Please note that summer schedules are operated until 15 August, and that planned engineering works will affect some services. More information may be found on the websites and apps of the train operating companies, as well as in our traffic information messages.

Vy

  • Vy is operating its trains almost as usual, with the exception of the route between Halden and Gothenburg, where there are no trains operating. There are also fewer departures than usual on the Flåm Railway between Myrdal and Flåm. 
  • In order to control the number of passengers on the Bergen Line, restrictions are currently in place on the number of tickets that are available for sale.  
  • Folding seats on board local and regional trains in Eastern Norway, as well as on local services on the Arna-Bergen route and between Bergen and Voss/Myrdal are marked as out of use, and floor markings are also in use. All other seats may be used.

    Please refer to the Vy website for more information.

Other companies

  • The Airport Express has departures every 20 minutes between Drammen, Oslo Central Station and Oslo Airport Gardermoen. 

  • SJ has cancelled passenger trains between Oslo and Stockholm, and to Narvik.
  • From 3 August, Go-Ahead (Sørtoget) are operating regular services with one exception: Monday to Fridays, the 06.47 departure from Stavanger to Oslo Central (arr. 14.25), and the 09.25 departure from Oslo Central to Stavanger (arr. 17.19), are both cancelled.

  • SJ Norge (Nord): Please klick here for an updated listing of departures and cancelled services in the period up to 15 August.

    From 15 August, SJ Norge will resume normal services on all lines except the Meråker Line to and from Sweden. This service is cancelled pending the easing of official quarantine regulations and travel advice to and from Sweden.

More information may be found on the websites and apps of the train operating companies, as well as in our traffic information messages.

Our stations

Bane NOR has intensified cleaning in Norwegian railway stations, particularly surfaces that are often touched. This includes hand railings, lift buttons, armrests of chairs in waiting rooms and of course public toilets. Based on advice from the health authorities, Bane NOR has produced information posters which have been displayed in selected stations and on board trains.

We also maintain a close dialogue with our tenants who operate outward business in stations, encouraging them to take the necessary precautions and abide by recommendations from the authoritites.

Information for our suppliers and partners

Life, health and safety are Bane NOR’s primary concerns in everything we do, and we are treating the situation that has arisen with the utmost seriousness. Bane NOR has a responsibility for contributing to the national objective of preventing infection. At the same time we wish to maintain the level of activity in our projects, thus contributing to keeping Norwegian economy going.

So far, most of Bane NOR’s construction projects and new procurements remain unaffected by the extraordinary situation. We are very grateful for having so many professional partners in our subcontractors and suppliers who are persisting in our projects under the circumstances. Our priority is to perform the work that is essential for them to get their jobs done.

On March 17, Gorm Frimannslund, CEO of Bane NOR, issued a message to our subcontractors and suppliers. Read the message in full here.

More information for our suppliers and partners may be found on our suppliers’ site.