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Oslo agreement

An agreement has been reached between AS Oslo Sporveier and the neighbour county of Akershus over the compensation funds and operation of the cross-border Kolsås metro line in which the line will be worked by trams extending from the present terminus Jar to Kolsås, thus reverting to the situation prior to 1942 when trams were substituted by 3,2 metre wide rolling stock (there has been some mixed operation ever since 1942). The metro line will at first be curtailed at Bekkestua but may in the future be diverted over a new branch to Lysaker and link with a proposed automated transit system (possible monorail) to Fornebu. Regretably the agreement came too late to prevent the Bekkestua-KolsÃ¥s metro section from being abandoned and substituted by buses, effective from 1. July. Trams won't be running on the section before 1. January 2004, allegedly to avoid breaking a contract with the bus operator. It is also being reported that the same section will be closed for reconstruction during two years, starting in the summer of 2005.

The new metro branch from Ullevål Stadion to Storo is due to open on 20. August. This forms the first section of the new circle line that will be completed in 2006. The construction of the next and final stage, Storo-Sinsen-Carl Berners plass, has recently been started.

AS Oslo Sporveier has placed an order of 99 new metro cars (33 three-car set) with Siemens. They will be based on the new Vienna type V/v prototype, but with all sections powered.

1 July 2003

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