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Bergen Commuter Rail

Bergen Commuter Rail
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Overview
OwnerNorwegian National Rail Administration
LocaleHordaland, Norway
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines2
Number of stations28
Operation
Operator(s)Norwegian State Railways
Technical
System length135 km
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Bergen Commuter Rail, sometimes called Vossebanen, is a commuter rail service between Bergen and Arna, Voss and Myrdal, Norway. It is operated by Norwegian State Railways using Stadler FLIRT electric multiple units. It runs on the mainline Bergen Line and all services terminate at Bergen Station.

Service

NSB operates on half-hour headways from Bergen to Arna, through the Ulriken Tunnel, the only way under the Ulriken mountain. There are further 16 departures each way to Voss, of which six stop only at Arna and Dale before Voss, not allowing trips Bergen-Arna/Bergen-Dale, while ten stop at all stations, giving three services per direction and hour between Bergen and Arna. Three services continue from Voss to Myrdal.

The operational deficits are financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. Tickets are sold by NSB. Fares are not integrated with Skyss, the county transit authority, or any of the bus operators in Hordaland.

Station list

Currently, the Bergen-Voss-Myrdal commuter rail service is single-tracked.

Station Location
Bergen Bergen Hordaland
Arna
Trengereid
Vaksdal Vaksdal
Stanghelle
Dale
Bolstadøyri Voss
Evanger
Seimsgrend
Bulken
Voss
Gjerdåker
Ygre
Kløve
Urdland
Øyeflaten
Skiple
Reimegrend
Mjølfjell
Ljosanbotn
Ørneberget
Vieren Ulvik
Upsete Aurland Sogn og Fjordane
Myrdal

Future expansion

  • Double track in the Ulriken Tunnel is currently under construction. This will allow NSB to increase headway to 15 minutes to Arna, and increase services on the Bergensbanen. The tunnel boring machine made the breakthrough in August 2017 with the new tunnel set to open in 2020.[1] The former tunnel will then go through renovation works with the opening date for the completed double track set to 2024.


References

  1. ^ Otterlei, Simen Sundfjord (2017-08-29). "Se gjennombruddet for ny tunnel på Bergensbanen: – En stor begivenhet". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2019-06-09.

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