Work on the railways will affect rail traffic this summer

From 22 June 2019, Bane NOR will carry out extensive work on the Østfold Line and Lieråsen Tunnel. For six weeks, maintenance and construction will be carried out to improve train punctuality and shorten travel times.

Trackwork at Oslo Central Station during the summer works in 2018. (Photo: Bane NOR)

Bane NOR will begin work on Saturday, 22 June, and will work up to and including Sunday, 4 August.

“We are not satisfied with the punctuality and the number of faults that affect train travellers in Eastern Norway today. It is therefore absolutely necessary to renew and maintain the railway. The work this summer will contribute to better punctuality and fewer faults on the track. At the same time, we are also carrying out new construction. This includes the Follo Line, which will reduce travel time between Oslo and Ski to 11 minutes”, says Vibeke Aarnes, Director of Infrastructure at Bane NOR. 

There is less traffic in the summer and it is the time of year in which it is least challenging to work on and by train tracks. All local and regional trains will be affected that run on the sections where the work is being carried out. Vy and Flytoget will organise alternative transport for their travellers.

Traffic logistics
Heavy traffic on the roads and around the main stations leads to additional logistical challenges when operating rail replacement bus services. The heaviest traffic is in week 26 as there are still many commuters travelling in this week. In addition, the line between Skøyen and Drammen will be closed for 16 days in July.

“It is important to inform people early on so that travellers know that there will be alternative transport during the summer period”, says Gina Scholz, Communication Manager at Vy.

“We want everyone who is going to travel, whether by train, bus or other means, to prepare for the fact that there may be periods of heavy traffic and that the journey may take longer than expected”, she concludes.

In the last week of the summer works, week 31, there will be increasing traffic after the summer holidays. In addition, the Norway Cup will be held in the capital, something that also impacts the traffic make-up in the Oslo area. Travellers are encouraged to leave the car at home and use public transport.

Bane NOR, Vy, Flytoget, Ruter and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration will work together to inform those who are affected on the roads and railways and to find the best solutions for travellers throughout the summer. 

Here are the details of the rail closures:

Lieråsen Tunnel:
Weeks 26 to 31: Closed between Asker and Drammen from 22 June up to and including 4 August

Weeks 28 and 29: Skøyen–Drammen–Spikkestad closed for rail traffic from 6 July up to and including 21 July

This summer, trains will run as normal between Asker and Oslo and on the Spikkestad Line, except for the two weeks where it is closed between Skøyen and Drammen.

Østfold Line:
The work starts on the weekend of 22–23 June. The lines will be closed between Oslo Central Station–Rygge and Oslo Central Station–Mysen/Rakkestad.
 
Week 26: Monday, 24 June up to and including Friday, 28 June: Ski–Rygge and Ski–Mysen closed.

Weeks 27 to 31: Saturday, 29 June – Sunday, 4 August: The Østfold Line will be closed between Oslo Central Station–Mysen/Rakkestad. The Østfold Line (Western Line) is closed between Oslo Central Station–Rygge.

Week 32: The trains on the Østfold Line will run at a reduced speed to allow the rails to “settle” after the works.

Alternative transport offered
Vy will set up alternative transport and will also use Ruter’s standard bus and Oslo Metro services. Details of the travel services can be found in the travel planner at vy.no and in Vy’s travel app as we move towards the summer.

Flytoget operates a bus replacement service for the airport express train between Drammen and Asker from 22 June to 4 August and between Drammen and Skøyen from 6 July to 21 July. Visit flytoget.no for more information closer to the summer.

Lieråsen Tunnel is undergoing a complete renovation, which will be completed in 2021. The picture is from work completed at Easter this year. (Photo: Aurora L.L. Simonsen, Bane NOR)