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Slides cut off Bergensbanen and inhabitants. Slides have closed parts of Bergensbanen and left many holiday cabin owners isolated following recent heavy rain. Rock and mudslides have washed away 13 metres of rail embankments between Ål and Hol municipalities, leaving 30 metres of track hanging in midair. One resident of nedre Hallingdal in Buskerud county says up to 200 millimetres fell in the space of approximately two hours.

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Slides cut off Bergensbanen and inhabitants

Published on Wednesday, 6th July, 2011 at 10:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 6th July 2011 at 10:26.

Slides have closed parts of Bergensbanen and left many holiday cabin owners isolated following recent heavy rain.

Damaged part of Bergensbanen
Damaged part of Bergensbanen
Photo: Jon-Anders Hefte/Jernbaneverket


Rock and mudslides have washed away 13 metres of rail embankments between Ål and Hol municipalities, leaving 30 metres of track hanging in midair.

One resident of nedre Hallingdal in Buskerud county says up to 200 millimetres fell in the space of approximately two hours.

“Bergensbanen is initially closed until Monday to all intents and purposes. Two of the five-six railway embankment slides are major ones. Restoring them will take a lot of work,” John Anders Hefte, a Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) inspector, tells NRK.

Passengers will be taken between Ål and Geilo by bus.

The slides have also closed several kilometres of roads, cutting off local inhabitants.

“There are approximately 300 cabins in the area, meaning those who were there last night will now have to use their legs to get out from there,” says Mayor Of Ål Torleif Dalseide.



Published on Wednesday, 6th July, 2011 at 10:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 6th July 2011 at 10:26.

This post has the following tags: bergensbanen, rockandmudslideclosures.


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