Oslo fears public transport crisis when people stop working from home

Oslo 20200428. Sporveien has reinforced the cleaning of trams, subway cars and stations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus : Ørn E. Borgen / NTB scanpix

The municipality of Oslo has asked everyone to continue working from home during the summer holidays. The municipality fears a crisis in public transport if everyone goes to work again.

“I understand that many want to come back to the office, but we simply do not have the capacity for a full re-opening in public transport,” Arild Hermstad (MDG), City Council for Environment and Transport in Oslo, told Dagbladet.

He fears a crisis in the capital’s public transport if people start to go back to work.

The City of Oslo has asked all employees in the City Council departments to continue with their home offices until the summer holidays, and Hermstad hopes the rest of the workforce will do so as well.

The call is contrary to what the NHO put out to its members earlier this week, which City Councilor Raymond Johansen then reacted strongly to.

The health authorities recently stated that home offices will last a long time and that they are important in cities.

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