New lines provide new travel options
Ruter’s services respond to an urbanisation trend tied to an urban development aimed at green mobility. This takes place through a significant improvement of rail-based services in central Oslo, generally speaking inside of Ring 3, plus Hovinbyen. The most important measures are improving the design of the comprehensive network, created through the coordination of public transport, bicycle and car rental, a new metro tunnel, a new north-south railway tunnel, and modern tram with light rail characteristics along Ring 2.
Areas outside of reasonable walking distance of the metro, tram or local train will in all parts of the city have a high-frequency service by electricly powered local buses, which in time will be partially or fully automated. At the same time, city bikes will be an easily available alternative.
High frequency and prioritised access
Street parking removed in favour of urban life and prioritised access for trams, buses, and bicycles contribute to faster and safer journeys.
In time, five-minute routes are established as a minimum standard for most parts of the operational day. This means minimal wait times and consequences of delays, and not least that transfers at the highly adapted transport hubs can be made without much time loss. Street parking removed in favour of urban life and prioritised access for trams, buses, and bicycles contribute to faster and safer journeys.
Oslo city centre: Urban life with walking, cycling and trams at the surface, and the metro and train in tunnels
In the streets of central Oslo inside Ring 1, adaptations are made for safe walking and cycling. New metro and railway tunnels transfer a larger share of public transport services to metro and local trains, while the surface service is provided by trams. In particular, the tram service in the central streets service Lilleaker, Rikshospitalet, Sagene, Bjølsen, Torshov, Kjelsås, Bjerke, Tonsenhagen and Ekeberg. Other areas are also served, to provide a comprehensive network. Several of today’s direct bus lines to and from the city centre have been replaced by frequent feeder buses to the rail-based stations.
Skøyen-Frogner-Majorstuen: New stations/traffic centres and tram in Bygdøy allé
The Fornebu Line has frequent departures and provides a very fast connection between the transport hubs and the neighbourhood centres at Skøyen and Majorstuen. In both places, new public transport centres will provide new travel options with transfers between trains, metro, trams and buses and with bicycle and car rental services.
Bygdøy allé may get a high-frequency, modern tram service towards the city centre, Majorstuen and Skøyen, if a more detailed study concludes that this should be built. Bus traffic will be redirected, away from Bygdøy allé, while Drammensveien and Frognerveien at the same time will become tram-free. The reorganisation of the transport service from bus to rail-based means of transport relieves the streets of regional and city buses, but most importantly the attractiveness of public transport will contribute much to reducing car traffic in the area. Regional buses to Oslo feed trains, the metro and trams at Skøyen, the metro and trains at Lysaker and the trains in Sandvika or Asker.
After 2030, Frogner/Elisenberg may get a local train station, preferably linked to options for transfer to trams in Bygdøy allé.
Bislett-St. Hanshaugen: Local train service
A new northerly local train tunnel with a station at Bislett contributes to making this neighbourhood more easily accessible from central parts of Oslo, such as Ullevål/Sagene, Sinsen and Økern, and areas along the Østfold Line and the Main Line. Local trains will depart every ten minutes, increasing to every five minutes. With a new metro tunnel routed via Bislett, the hub function and travel options will be strengthened further. In the metro tunnel, departures may be as frequent as every one and a half minutes. Bislett will become a central hub in an enhanced transversal connection, in principle like the line for the current bus line 21 between Aker brygge and Helsfyr via Alexander Kiellands plass and Bislett.
Grünerløkka-Sagene: Central to a new rail-based network
The urban rail-based network that Ruter considers key to succeeding in reaching our goal for urban and traffic developments will affect all of inner Oslo, and particularly Ullevål/Sagene and Lower Grünerløkka as well as Bislett. A new metro stop at Schous plass/Nybrua, with departures as often as every other minute, will provide good accessibility not just to the city centre but to a much larger area of Oslo than current services provide. Ullevål/Sagene/Lovisenberg can become a hub connecting local trains, a new tram line with light rail characteristics along Ring 2 and a modern urban tram between the city centre and Bjølsen/Nydalen via Uelands gate and Alexander Kiellands plass. The tram service will at minimum have departures every five minutes.
Bryn-Hovinbyen-Sinsen: East-west light rail
Next to Oslo S, Bryn will be the most accessible public transport centre in the region, with regional trains, local trains, the metro, tram, city buses and a regional bus terminal. A tram with light rail characteristics will provide high-frequency internal connections in Hovinbyen and make it possible to get to the Bryn and Økern/Sinsen public transport centres quickly. Along Ring 3, direct regional bus connections via transport hubs/public transport centres such as Bryn, Økern, Sinsen and Skøyen will be provided in addition to city buses.
Gamle Oslo: Tram service at Vålerenga
The trams in Dronning Eufemias gate provide connections towards Ekeberg and Hauketo and towards Vålerenga, Helsfyr and Bryn. The regional bus traffic that previously passed through the area now terminate at Bryn or other public transport centres.