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NSB fine could run into millions. Bill for winter’s train chaos on its way. There’s good news, and bad news for Norway’s State Railway (NSB). Last week, Labour’s (Ap) Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, promised to give them more money, this week the company could face a fine running into millions of kroner for the winter’s train chaos.Half steam The Ministry of Transport and Communications says NSB has broken its commitments agreed early in 2007 under the so-called “Trafikkavtale” deal, according to Dagsavisen.

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NSB fine could run into millions

Published on Tuesday, 27th April, 2010 at 12:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Bill for winter’s train chaos on its way.

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There’s good news, and bad news for Norway’s State Railway (NSB). Last week, Labour’s (Ap) Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, promised to give them more money, this week the company could face a fine running into millions of kroner for the winter’s train chaos.

Half steam

The Ministry of Transport and Communications says NSB has broken its commitments agreed early in 2007 under the so-called “Trafikkavtale” deal, according to Dagsavisen.

The state-sponsored deal, costing 55.2 million kroner last year, is partly aimed at securing commuters transport.

But it doesn’t look as though the money ever left the station. In 2009, NSB agreed to run 2,300 extra trains during the Oslo’s morning rush hour, and arrived with approximately 230.

Commuters were also left standing during the afternoon rush hour. 257 extra seats per hour “vanished“, and were “replaced” by 98.

Refund

The agreement also contains a money-back guarantee. It’s also not the first time NSB has faced a fine.

Each cancelled train costs the company 10,000, and 2007’s summer chaos meant it had to pay the government back 2,656 million.

In November 2009, the Ministry wrote to NSB informing them they believe the company hasn’t delivered what they promised last year, and are looking for compensation.

Meanwhile, Anne Rygg, the company’s head of communications, confirms there are discussions about the latest incident, but that they still haven’t received a claim from the Ministry.

She also says the company is positive to demands for results

“It’s completely natural for anyone who buys a service to discuss what has or hasn’t been delivered. It makes us stretch even further to get the customer to their destination.”

The Ministry tells the paper they haven’t yet decided on the final figure.



Published on Tuesday, 27th April, 2010 at 12:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: nsb, trains, delays, ministry, transport, winter, fine, state, railway.





  
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