On Wednesday tolls will end in the Oslofjord tunnel. The fire department fears that increased traffic will lead to more accidents.
– We are aware of the fire department’s concern, says Minister of Transport.
According to NRK news, the fire department thinkss that traffic through the tunnel can be up to 10,000 cars per day, compared to the 7,500 we see today.
– The tunnel is currently closed around 300 times a year, so it will be interesting to see what increased traffic does, says acting fire chief Tom Folvik.
Fire chief Dag Christian Holte in Follo, who is responsible for extinguishing fires in the tunnel is also fearing more accidents.
Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen says he is aware of the fire department’s concern.
– NPRA closely monitor traffic trends. We do not want free driving in the tunnel it will lead to a greater risk, he says to NRK.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today