The government says yes to free buses in Bergen

Illustrative image of red busIllustrative image of red bus.Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix

The government overruled Roads and said yes to the proposal to spend toll money on free buses to Bergen.

NRK writes that Bergen City Council earlier this year approved quintupling the toll fee and making using the buses and the rail free on days with bad city air.

Passing the toll booths will cost 225 kroner for passenger cars during rush hours on those days.

On normal days it costs 95 kroner.
Hordaland County Council wanted to introduce free public transport on days with bad city air, if they could get it financed.

On September 30 the Road Directorate rejected the  proposal, but now the Ministry of Transport has agreed to this arrangement.

– We believe that the local authorities are in the best positon to evaluate which measures that are the best measures,  Parliamentary Secretary Tom-Christer Nilsen said.

County Mayor Anne Gine Hestetun is satisfied with the decision.-

We need measures to be able to cope with issues related to climate.

Good city air is absolutely essential and we want to take the offensive,  Hestetun says, with the proviso that the proposal emerges unscathed from the round of inquiries.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today